Hawking 's A Briefer History

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Steven Hawking’s A Briefer History in Time tells a simplified story of the universe. Hawking’s starts out the book by going over the different type of cosmology that was held throughout history. He mentions the beliefs that Aristotle, Copernicus, Galileo and other notable individuals held about the universe. This discussion is used to segue into a brief description of the different theories, laws, and ideas concerning the universe held by people today. Newton’s laws of motion and gravity and Einstein’s theory of relativity are only some of the models that Hawking discusses. Thus, the main purpose of Hawking’s A Briefer History in Time is to inform the readers of the development in our understanding of how the universe works. In his conclusion, Hawking’s specifically includes the term “Mind of God” (142). I believe that for Hawking, to understand the mind of God is to understand the workings of the universe and our place in it. Hawking’s A Briefer History of Time also asserts that it is possible to know the mind of God. In essence, although, Hawking does not explicitly say that we can explain the world without God, he does use the theories of others to question the existence of God. Although, Hawking’s discussion of the theories concerning the universe can be seen as contradictory to the idea of an absolute God, the theories coincide and broaden my understanding of God. Hawking’s explanation of Newton’s models portrays the universe as complex because of the relative state of

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