I love physics but even for a fan, The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking is a tough read. It is not because of Hawking’s ability as a writer. It is totally because the subject matter is so dense.
I would venture to guess that the stuff that I “understand” is likely much deeper than I realize. That said, Hawking does a great job of trying to put into book form, the answers to everything in the universe. See how daunting his task really is?
If you want a better understanding of quantum physics, this is a good place to start. I prefer A Brief History of Time because it seemed to delve deeper but that is probably just a matter of taste. There are also some segments of newer theories that seem more designed to agree with current politics than science. We will have to wait and see how those develop.
If you’re in the mood for some deep thinking that may or may not provide any real answers, give it a read. If the thought of that already hurts your brain, steer clear.
by Chris Doelle