About a decade ago I tried reading “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking, but I quit near the beginning. It seemed like it was going to take a great deal of brain power to understand it – and much more free time than I had available.
I decided that I’d come back to the book far in the future – perhaps when I retired – when I’d be able to dedicate the time and focus that the book required. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be smart enough to understand it even when I had the time available, however.
When I started doing something new each month, I added “Read A Brief History of Time” to my list of potential activities. Then last month I read it, even though I’m not retired yet.
It was certainly complex, and I did a bunch of additional learning online to help myself understand some of the concepts in the book, but overall it wasn’t quite as hard to understand as I’d expected.
The are many parts of the book that I still don’t totally understand, but that’s because either: [Read more...]