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A Brief History of Time
Name A Brief History of Time
Appears In Not in Portland, The Man from Tallahassee
Author Stephen Hawking

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It attempts to explain a range of subjects in cosmology, including the Big Bang, black holes, light cones and superstring theory, to the nonspecialist reader. Its main goal is to give an overview of the subject but, unusually for a popular science book, it also attempts to explain some complex mathematics.

The author notes that an editor warned him that for every equation in the book the readership will be halved, hence it includes only a single equation: E=mc².

In addition to Hawking's abstinence from equations, the book also simplifies matters by means of illustrations throughout the text, depicting complex models and diagrams.

The book is considered by many to be an "unread bestseller" which is a book many people own but few have finished.

There is also a documentary by the same name, directed by Errol Morris, released in 1991.

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When Alex, Kate, and Sawyer arrived to rescue Karl, Aldo was seen reading this book while standing guard.

Ben also keeps a copy of this book inside his living room in the Barracks.

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