I love Carl Sagan, so for me this book is partially about finishing the canon of his works, and also partially to try and wrap my head around a scientific view of religious experience. If that floats your boat, you'll find this valuable, though not as amazing as his other works.
I am a strong proponent of advancing progress towards space travel. This book is an interesting autobiography with some good life advice thrown in as well.
Love, love, love this book. Sagan encourages skeptical thinking as a way to avoid bullshit and the manipulative hold of charlatans. I wish this was required reading in our schools and churches, truly would protect a lot of people.
Basically Hawking doesn't like the whole Intelligent Design stuff, so he wrote a short book describing how cool the universe is without it requiring a creator. I loved his previous work, but this one comes across as flabby and negative (and I'm not an ID proponent either). If you want to read a good version of this, read Carl Sagan's Cosmos.
String theory, string theory, string theory. Is it real or imaginary? Who knows? But Brian Greene (former prof at Cornell) sure loves it and wants everyone to believe in it. I'm not convinced.
Sobering reflection on how inconsequential we are, populating just one tiny planet in the vast cosmos. But hey, reality check! He then paints a humanistic future, love Carl.
Hawking at his finest, this book drew a young highschool Zack to see Hawking deliver a lecture in Seattle and increase his fervor for Physics. Truly a stunning landmark book in explaining things like black holes to the masses. A+
A distilled version of his lectures, which makes this much more approachable that the former.
Read during the window between highschool and college, this series of books fired my passion for science as an understandable and explainable discipline, not just wizardry for smart people. That said, it's quite a haul to get through these, but it's worth it.