REVIEW: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (1988)

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking
Publisher: Bantam Books
Format: Paperback
Length: 256
Published: 1988 (first publication), 2016 edition read
Author: Goodreads and Website

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Synopsis via Goodreads: Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world’s greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time – from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and string theory. To this day A Brief History of Time remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders. 

Since its first publication in 1988, and it’s last revision in 1996, there have been some remarkable new discoveries in physics. This new edition includes updates from Stephen Hawking with his latest thoughts about the No Boundary Proposal and offers new information about dark energy, the information paradox, eternal inflation, the microwave background radiation observations, and the discovery of gravitational waves.

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REVIEW: The Haunted Moustache by David Bramwell

The Haunted Moustache by David Bramwell
Publisher: Nightfinch Books
Format: Hardcover
Length: 191
Published: 2016
Author GoodreadsWebsite, and Twitter

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Synopsis via Goodreads: Funny, poetic and touching, The Haunted Moustache is the fantastical and 83% true story of a unique inheritance: a hundred-year-old moustache. Receiving this curio from an eccentric aunt, David Bramwell embarks on a ten-year journey to discover all he can about its former owner. His quest draws him into the underbelly of Brighton – its seances, spiritual churches and a seedy basement club – where he unwittingly becomes host to a modern-day freakshow. Against a backdrop of occultism, caravan parks and counter-culture icons, The Haunted Moustache is mischevious and supernatural.

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REVIEW: Gef! The Strange Tale of an Extra-Special Talking Mongoose by Christopher Josiffe

Gef! The Strange Tale of an Extra-Special Talking Mongoose by Christopher Josiffe
Published: Strange Attractor Press
Format: Paperback
Length: 404
Published: 2017
Author Goodreads, Website, and Twitter

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Synopsis via Goodreads: During the mid-1930s, British and overseas newspapers were full of incredible stories about Gef, a ‘talking mongoose’ or ‘man-weasel’ who had allegedly appeared in the home of the Irvings, a farming family in a remote district of the Isle of Man. The creature was said to have the ability to talk in several languages, to sing, to steal objects from nearby farms and to eavesdrop on local people. Despite written reports, magazine articles, books, several photographs, fur samples and paw prints, voluminous correspondence and signed witness statements, there is still no consensus as to what was really happening to the Irving family.

Was it a hoax? Mental illness? A poltergeist?

In this book lecturer Christopher Josiffe pulls together 7 years’ worth of research, photographs (many previously unseen), interviews with surviving witnesses and visits to the site to present the first examination of the case for 70 years.

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