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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409092360
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

A Brief History Of Time

From Big Bang To Black Holes




The Bridge is a charming, learned and unique gem of a book by the author of the international bestseller In Europe.

Istanbul’s Galata Bridge has spanned the Golden Horn since the sixth century AD, connecting the old city with the more Western districts to the north. But the bridge is a city in itself, peopled by merchants and petty thieves, tourists and fishermen, and at the same time a microcosmic reflection of Turkey as the link between Asia and Europe.

Geert Mak introduces us to the woman who sells lottery tickets, the cigarette vendors and the best pickpockets in Europe. He tells us about the pride of the cobbler and the tea-seller's homesickness. And he describes the role of honour in Turkish culture, the temptations of fundamentalism and violence, and the urge to survive, even in the face of despair.

These stories of the bridge’s denizens are interwoven with vignettes illuminating moments in the history of Istanbul and Turkey and shedding light on Turkey’s relationship with Europe and the West, the Armenian question, the migration from the Turkish countryside to the city and the demise of the Ottoman Empire.

The Bridge is a charming, learned and unique gem of a book by the author of the international bestseller In Europe.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409092360
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the author

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was a brilliant theoretical physicist and is generally considered to have been one of the world's greatest thinkers. He held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and is the author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. His other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe,The Universe in a Nutshell, The Grand Design, and Black Holes: The BBC Reith Lectures.He died on 14 March, 2018.

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Praise for A Brief History Of Time

'Master of the Universe...One scientist's courageous voyage to the frontiers of the Cosmos'

Newsweek

'This book marries a child's wonder to a genius's intellect. We journey into Hawking's universe, while marvelling at his mind'

The Sunday Times

'He can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit...His is a brain of extraordinary power'

Observer

'To follow such a fine mind as it exposes such great problems is an exciting experience'

The Sunday Times

'One of the most brilliant scientific minds since Einstein'

Daily Express

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