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A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking

A Briefer History of Time (original 2005; edition 2008)

by Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow

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Title:A Briefer History of Time
Authors:Stephen Hawking
Other authors:Leonard Mlodinow
Info:Bantam (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 176 pages
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A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking (2005)

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Fascinating Captain - almost incomprehensible in places, but still truly fascinating.

I love the awesome (in the correct sense of the word) nature of astro-physics, I just wish my brain was a little more willing to play along. ( )
  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
I'm no expert on this stuff, and much of it was over my head, but I was still fascinated. I might need to go over it a few more times to let some of the really abstract concepts sink in. For this initial pass, I just let a few of the denser explanations pass by me. I did learn that the universe is much stranger than I previously thought. It also gave me greater respect for science as a discipline, in mathematically modeling and quantifying its findings, and in being ready to question all assumptions and shed old conclusions when the evidence starts to point elsewhere. ( )
  richjj | Jan 27, 2016 |
An outstanding overview of various scientific theories (Newtonian, General Theory of Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory) along with various cosmological concepts. Covered in an easy to understand, entertaining manner. A truly profound introductory read. ( )
  nvenkataraman1 | Sep 23, 2015 |
If you're thinking of reading A Brief History of Time, read this first. At least if you're a total civilian, which I am.

My son and I read this together. We did have to hit the Internet pretty hard a few times to get clarification on some critical points; but all in all, this is a well-written, accessible introduction to some pretty heady stuff.

I would recommend having the basics of atomic structure and the life cycles of stars under your belt before giving this a go. Also, it really helped my son and me to resign ourselves to not being able to visualize certain concepts. Wave-particle duality is just plain weird, and I think it helps to do the best you can and ultimately just go with it, rather than struggling to fit this contradictory idea into a conventional kind of "making sense."

And now: on to The Illustrated A Brief History of Time (expanded and updated edition)! ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
It's been about five years since I took Physics AP in high school, and, in hindsight, I can definitely say that it was one of my more favorite classes that I took back then. But when I went to college, I decided to major in a non-science or math field, mainly because I liked math for the puzzle solving element of it, rather than having to use physics on the job 24/7. Cut to present time, and I finally picked this book up. Obviously, it's not the full version, but rather the shorter, more accessible version of Stephen Hawking's classic, [b:A Brief History of Time|3869|A Brief History of Time|Stephen W. Hawking|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1255568961s/3869.jpg|2192250].

I'm proud of myself for actually remembering a lot of the materiel that Hawking references in the book. But even if you have no background in math of physics, other than the rudimentary basics, then don't be afraid to pick this up. It's excactly what the title says: A Briefer History of Time. You'll be caught up with the scientific achievements of Galileo and Newton to Einstein and even today's modern scientists. It's pretty recent, so a lot of the theoies are pretty relevant, at least to a certain extent. In addition, Hawking speaks with such prose that makes the book so approachable. Don't be intimidated...in fact, after reading this book, I'm sure you'll be eager to pick up other scientific books about the history of the universe or some other puzzling mystery that plagues mankind. As for myself, I'm really interested in reading a biography of Albert Einstein after reading this one.

To sum it up, this is definitely a must read book for all those out there interested in getting reacquainted with science in its most basic form. After reading it, I'm sure you'll be able to explain how scientists measure the distance of far away galaxies using the Doppler effect to your friends. It's that good. ( )
  jms001 | Jun 14, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553385461, Paperback)


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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