A Briefer History of Time

A Briefer History of Time

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by Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0553804367

ISBN-13: 9780553804362

Pub. Date: 09/27/2005

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

FROM ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT MINDS OF OUR TIME COMES A BOOK THAT CLARIFIES HIS MOST IMPORTANT IDEAS
 
Stephen Hawking’s worldwide bestseller A Brief History of Time remains a landmark volume in scientific writing. But for readers who have asked for a more accessible formulation of its key concepts—the nature of space

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FROM ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT MINDS OF OUR TIME COMES A BOOK THAT CLARIFIES HIS MOST IMPORTANT IDEAS
 
Stephen Hawking’s worldwide bestseller A Brief History of Time remains a landmark volume in scientific writing. But for readers who 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553804362
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/27/2005
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
327,453
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.74(d)

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Foreword     1
Thinking About the Universe     3
Our Evolving Picture of the Universe     6
The Nature of a Scientific Theory     13
Newton's Universe     19
Relativity     26
Curved Space     38
The Expanding Universe     50
The Big Bang, Black Holes, and the Evolution of the Universe     68
Quantum Gravity     86
Wormholes and Time Travel     104
The Forces of Nature and the Unification of Physics     117
Conclusion     138
Albert Einstein     143
Galileo Galilei     145
Isaac Newton     147
Glossary     149
Index     155

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A Briefer History of Time 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
lmoser More than 1 year ago
This is a very informative book. It is easy to understand as it gives plenty examples and pictures to help you understand the difficult concepts in the book. This book has helped me to understand theories in physics and about time. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to know more about physics and about the beginning of time.
consumatereader More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down! I read it like a thriller novel, because that's what it was like for me. It brought together some ideas I've struggled with since I heard about them from Einstein's biography. It also raised other questions, so I've gone on to read Brian Greene too. I wouldn't recommend reading this during a time you require great sleep because if you have any questions about the world we live in, you won't put this book down!
lauren566 More than 1 year ago
A Brief History of Time By Stephen Hawking 232 pages This book by Stephen Hawking is a book someone should read because you become well informed and it opens your mind to new subjects, theories, and ideas. What Hawkings' did throughout the book that I really enjoyed was the fact that he explained, in depth, his theories and ideas. His explanations fascinated me and I enjoyed reading about his personal thoughts and opinions. In my opinion, every once in a while Hawkings' would ramble on and disengage from his main points when he explained his thoughts. I thought that was irrelevant and completely detracted from the content of the book. I did not enjoy this book very much. It was a bit too technical for my liking. The book was engaging but it did puzzle me at certain points, for example, explaining his theories. The age group this book is appropriate for is 20 year olds and over. This book could be difficult to understand for many people under that age because the theories and ideas are so detailed and in depth that it could be difficult to understand his concepts. For 20 year olds and over, they would be much more educated to understand and fully grasp his concepts. Other information I would feel valuable for someone to know when reading a review of this book is to know your sciences, because it could really help you figure out some theories and it will make more sense to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. It has a ton of stuff in it. Almost too much stuff. Read it slowly because some the concepts aren't explained in great detail because the book is fairly short. It is a summary of time and how it began, as well, it gives a summary of the theory of relativity. If you want to learn about black holes and wormholes in space, this would be a good book to read. Stephen Hawking did a good job writing this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting read and the ideas are portrayed ina very practical manner. The reader does not need to be a physics or math whizz to tag along to this great book. Comes with awesome illustrations to explain the bizarre ideas!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With the onset of so many books and videos on astronomy, our Universe, and the study of Physics, Dr. Hawking brings it all together in a nicely illustrated and condensed version of his landmark publication A Brief History of Time. A Breifer History of Time is delightful for those with technical expertise as well as those with a casual curiosity. Reading this book will possibly change the way you see our world, beyond, and our Universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great follow up to the original books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am someone who can work with numbers when I have to, but I much prefer words. In spite of this, I enjoyed this book immensely and now have some small understanding of concepts I had heard of but of which I did not have any rudimentary knowledge. Thank you to the authors for writing this book.
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shellyschultz More than 1 year ago
Very worthwhile read for any layman. I am currently reading alongside this, "The Beginning of Infinity", also by a famous phycisist, Deutsch....Hawking has simplified his explanation as much as possible and has done p[erfectlywell for those of us who are novices.
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