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A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking

A Briefer History of Time

by Stephen Hawking

Other authors: Leonard Mlodinow (Author)

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As stated by the authors, this was easier to digest than its predecessor. Since I have a very limited understanding of science, I appreciated the straight forward style of this book. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
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  DanielAlgara | Sep 26, 2014 |
If you've wanted to explore the ideas of Stephen Hawking's best-known book, A Brief History of Time, but are intimidated by it, this "briefer" book may be the ticket. It provides an introduction to the theory of general and special relativity, the beginnings of the universe, how black holes are formed, and the nature of the four fundamental forces. And because it has been published more recently than the first edition of A Brief History of Time, it includes summaries of the latest developments in cosmology and physics research.

I particularly enjoyed the cosmology- or astronomy-based chapters, or rather the ones that talked about physical concepts and objects such as planets and black holes; at this point, I think relativity and string theory are *always* going to make my head hurt, no matter how much I read about them. Nevertheless, this is a good book and I would recommend it if you're interested. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Sep 17, 2014 |
Brilliant book written by a passionate man that explains our quest to knowledge and also sets up the expectations. All the scientific principles are explained in easy to follow language thus making its lecture a thrilling experience. ( )
  AndreiCatalinS | Jun 15, 2014 |
A quicker read? Perhaps out of date? ( )
  clifforddham | Mar 19, 2014 |
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The science classic made more accessible
• More concise • Illustrated

Stephen Hawking’s worldwide bestseller A Brief History of Time remains a landmark volume in scientific writing. But for years readers have asked for a more accessible formulation of its key concepts—the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universe. A Briefer History of Time is Professor Hawking’s response.

Although “briefer,” this book is much more than a mere explanation of Hawking’s earlier work. A Briefer History of Time both clarifies and expands on the great subjects of the original, and records the latest developments in the field—from string theory to the search for a unified theory of all the forces of physics. Thirty-seven full-color illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating and must-have addition in its own right to the great literature of science and ideas.

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In the years since the publication of Hawking's A Brief History of Time, readers have repeatedly told Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the book's most important concepts. This is the reason for A Briefer History: his wish to make its content more accessible to readers--as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that have now been given entire chapters of their own, including relativity, curved space, and quantum theory. This reorganization has allowed the authors to expand areas of recent progress, from string theory to exciting developments in the search for a unified theory of all the forces of physics.--From publisher description.… (more)

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