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A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking

A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking, Reviewed by Bart Breen

A Worthy Sequel

I read the earlier book, A Brief History of Time  and this book delivers where it states, in updating where things have advanced as well as putting the cookies on the lower shelf by writing conversationally and without the use of academic verbiage and mathematical equations that would be lost on the general audience it targets.

What criticisms can no doubt be leveled for it’s simplicity, are somewhat specious because its simplicity is the point.

The explanations offered for the creation of stars, black holes, white holes, dark energy, dark matter, parallel dimensions and universes and the possibility of time travel are fascinating and very enlightening. Science indeed has come a long way in a relatively (pun intended) brief (second pun also intended) period of time.

I applaud Hawking and those in his field with their progress and discoveries. They are indeed exciting.

Unified Theory?

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Review of Searching for Bobby Fischer

Searching for Bobby Fischer, reviewed by Bart Breen

Great Chess Movie but so much more!

Chess Related but not Chess Focused

This is not really so much a movie about Bobby Fischer, but rather the drive in the chess community to find the next prodigy who will take the Chess world by storm.

Bobby Fischer began to play chess at the age of 7. His meteoric rise to winning the national Championship in his early teens and then going on to defeat the World, is the Highlight of US Chess History.Chess, like Soccer, is much bigger in the rest of the world than it is in the US. Fischer caused a blip in the radar screen that elevated Chess in the US. The Chess community has since then been on the look-out for the next prodigy in hopes of repeating the same event.


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Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman, Reviewed by Bart Breen

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Misquoting Jesus, A Very Engaging Book (This review was written January 3, 2006 and originally posted to Amazon where it is the Spotlight Review for this Book) Well Written and Engaging This is the first book of Ehrman's I have read. I found it … [Continue reading]

Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel

Review of Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel, by Bart Breen Excellent Read! Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel, has been one of the more enjoyable literary experiences I have had recently. The writing style is excellent. The narration done … [Continue reading]

Surrender is not Numbness


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Flawless Consulting by Peter Block

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A Review of Flawless Consulting by Peter Block, by Bart Breen Basic Human Relations As a contractor/consultant on my second long-term assignment, this title caught my eye and served for listening on the commute. Overall I was impressed. Much of … [Continue reading]

True Self vs. False Self


What is our True Self, Really? Over the past several years, I've been increasingly challenged in some of my former beliefs as a traditional evangelical.  I certainly haven't abandoned my faith.  If anything, it has strengthened.  I don't put much … [Continue reading]

Lincoln’s Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk

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Review of Lincoln's Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk, by Bart Breen Did Abraham Lincoln Suffer Clinical Depression? Lincoln's melancholy has been referred to for years and glossed over attributing it to an unhappy marriage, loss of a child, … [Continue reading]

Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy

Larry the Cable Guy - Dan Whitney

A Review of Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy, by Bart Breen Pretty Much What You'd Expect Larry the Cable Guy is a pretty known quantity. He's a redneck stereotype, who specializes in fart and poop jokes and comes off looking like a rube. That … [Continue reading]

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt

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A Review of Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, by Bart Breen Conglomeration of Articles Freakonomics states several times that there is no consistent theme. It appears, as others have noted, to be a conglomeration of magazine articles expanded … [Continue reading]

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