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A Brief History of Time (Bantam, 1988)

Legendary theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking wrote what is considered the most important book in popular science ever published in 1988 — A Brief History of Time. Hawking attempts to answer one of humanity’s most fundamental questions — where did the universe come from? — and tried to explain cosmology through the Big Bang Theory, black holes, the nature of time and gravity and more. (Eight years later, A Brief of History of Time was illustrated and revised, updated and expanded.) Carl Sagan provided the foreward.