"Brief history of time" any good? I'm a compulsive book-buyer. I don't know if anyone else suffers from this, but I can't even walk by a book store without coming out with something... and the books end up piling as I buy them at a rate which would not be humanly possible to keep up with without the help of adult-diapers, an I.V, and the lobotomy of sleep regulators... anyway, today I saw "brief history of time" by Hawking sitting there; I've heard of the book... and I thought this time I'd ask before I buy (I did end up buying another book... ugh, just as i was leaving!). anyway, is it any good? the reviews on Amazon span from people who thought it was too basic and doesn't explain enough, to people who found it hard bordering incomprehensibility, to people who bought it because he talks like robot. so it wasn't very helpful. I've got into physics only in the past few months, so I have only a basic understanding of physics, quantum mechanics, relativity, etc. ... I have what I would call the skeleton of the house, and am ready to start adding bricks and pipelines... maybe some day even toilets (I have no clue what that means, I totally lost track of where that analogy was going). anyway, does this book just go over the basics that I already know, or is it a good step for slowly going into the details?