The Illustrated A Brief History of Time / Edition 2

The Illustrated A Brief History of Time / Edition 2

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by Stephen Hawking
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0553103741

ISBN-13: 9780553103748

Pub. Date: 10/28/1996

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

In the years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time has established itself as a landmark volume in scientific writing.  It has become an international publishing phenomenon, translated into forty languages and selling over nine million copies.  The book was on the cutting edge of what was then known about

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In the years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time has established itself as a landmark volume in scientific writing.  It has become an international publishing phenomenon, translated into forty languages and selling over nine million copies.  The book was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the nature of the universe, but since that time there have been extraordinary advances in the technology of macrocosmic worlds.  These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawkin's theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book, including the recent discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE), which probed back in time to within 300,000 years of the fabric of space-time that he had projected.

Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these many observations, as well as his recent research, for this expanded edition Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book, written an entirely new chapter on the fascinating subject of wormholes and time travel, and updated the original chapters.

In addition, to heighten understanding of complex concepts that readers may have found difficult to grasp despite the clarity and wit of Professor Hawking's writing, this edition is enhanced throughout with more than 240 full-color illustrations, including satellite images, photographs made made possible by spectacular technological advance such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and computer generated images of three and four-dimensional realities.  Detailed captions clarify these illustrations, enable readers to experience the vastness of intergalactic space, the nature of black holes, and the microcosmic world of particle physics in which matters and antimatter collide.

A classic work that now brings to the reader the latest understanding of cosmology, A Brief History Of Time is the story of the ongoing search for t he tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.

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ISBN-13:
9780553103748
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
112,240
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.16(h) x 0.79(d)

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The Illustrated A Brief History of Time 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It really lives up to its title.I just can't help marvelling at the brilliance of Stephen Hawking. This book with its excellent illustrations has marvellously explained concept from the previous Brief History of Time that I couldn't understand. Even my wife who thinks atom is some kind of appliance scientists use in labs is now an 'expert' after reading The Illustrated... She keeps bothering me now on why time travel is possible/or not possible debates. Thanks a lot Mr. Hawking for putting my marital bliss in a state of turmoil!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the updated version of the international bestseller, so any praise on my part will surely be redundant. As such, I will just summarize what you get with this book: a fascinating intro to major physics theories (including Newton's, Einstein's general relativity, and quantum theories), and a brief overview of cosmological mysteries (including big bang and black holes). As anyone even vaguely familiar with Hawking knows, he's got a knack at making even the most abstract ideas sound remarkably simple and interesting. This book is accessible to anyone, regardless of your academic background (you will understand most of it even if you've never taken a single physics course). If you ever wondered about the physical world around you or the universe at large, you will not find a better introduction anywhere; if however, you're already well read in the subject, head straight to the more in-depth look at essentially the same concepts and more found in Greene's 'Elegant Universe.'
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I have read this book before and now have re-read it again. My name is Paul, and I am an OSU comp student, spring of 2015. In my class I was required to choose a book that relates to my field of study, which is physics, and write a critical analysis of this book using reviews and the book itself. One thing for sure about this book is that it blows me away. This book written by Stephan Hawking, who is a brilliant mind in the line of so many before him such as Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. Not only is he well educated on the subject, but he can write properly. This book takes the reader from simple ideas and on to a little ride until the next thing you know he is discussing black holes having singularities in them. With the craziest part being that almost any reader can follow along perfectly fine because of the simplicity that has been put into this rewrite coupled with addition of images that show the reader what is going on. I recommend this book to anyone, it is as simple as that. 
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This book blew me away. My boyfriend thought I was most amazing woman on earth for reading the entire book in the store! I couldn't put it down! The illustrations are beautiful, the explanations are simplified without being patronizing to the reader, and Steven Hawkins can be downright hilarious! I certainly didn't expect to be laughing while reading a physics book but that just goes to show how versitile and lovely he is. Much love to Mr. Hawkins and his publishing staff. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. :)