I’ve been reading Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything and have to say it is an excellent read — difficult science and complex concepts made easy (or easyish) to understand and entertaining to boot. Then just as you think you’re getting your head round things, along comes Stephen Hawking.
Now the professor obviously has a brilliant mind and has done much to make esoteric science accessible, but boy can it be hard work. Take his new theory that black holes aren’t the galaxy-devouring monsters we all thought, or at least he led us to believe. Then check out his entry at the 17th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation where he outlines his theory. It’s complete gobbledegook. Trivial metrics and time slicing continued to the Lorentzian? Think I’ll stick to Bill Bryson and the BBC.