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Publisher Comments:

Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe. But it is also true that in the years since its publication, readers have repeatedly told Professor Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the book's most important concepts.

This is the origin of and the reason for A Briefer History of Time: its author's 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.

Although this book is literally somewhat briefer, it actually expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were difficult to follow because they were interspersed throughout the book 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 special interest and recent progress, from the latest developments in string theory to exciting developments in the search for a complete unified theory of all the forces of physics. Like prior editions of the book — but even more so — A Briefer History of Time will guide nonscientists everywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.

Review:

"In the 17 years since the publication of A Brief History of Time, Dr. Hawking's bestselling exposition of physics, new data from particle physics and observational astronomy have shed light on efforts to find a Grand Unified Theory of Everything that Hawking and Mlodinow use to enhance and update their answers to basic questions about the universe: where it's going and how it began. Discussed at length are the mysterious dark matter and dark energy — both of which can only be observed by their gravitational effects and are believed to make up 90 percent of the universe. Another area of research that has exploded in the past 20 years is string theory. Hawking and Mlodinow provide one of the most lucid discussions of this complex topic ever written for a general audience. Readers will come away with an excellent understanding of the apparent contradictions and conundrums at the forefront of contemporary physics. Recognizing that much of their audience will also be science fiction buffs, they include a chapter on the possibility of time travel. 'Don't bet on it,' the authors advise. Throughout these discussions, the authors maintain the same wry, lively tone that made the original Brief History such a delight. They close with a discussion of where physics ends and philosophy begins, 'Why does the universe exist at all?' They cannot provide the answer, but they do provide an immense amount of food for thought. Highly recommended." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Briefer History may be the clearest introduction to physics ever....[A]n utterly engrossing read." Booklist

Review:

"True, Hawking here aims to provide a less technically complex version of his famed A Brief History of Time. But he's also updated the content to reflect the very latest research." Library Journal

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Stephen Hawking& #8217; s worldwide bestseller, < i> A Brief History of Time< /i> , has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author& #8217; s engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe. But it is also true that in the years since its publication, readers have repeatedly told Professor Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the book& #8217; s most important concepts. < br> < br> This is the origin of and the reason for < i> A Briefer History of Time< /i> its author& #8217; s wish to make its content more accessible to readers & #8211; as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings.< br> < br> Although this book is literally somewhat & #8220; briefer, & #8221; it actually expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were difficult to follow because they were interspersed throughout the book have now been given entire chapters of their own, including relativity, curved space, and quantum theory.< br> < br> This reorganization has allowed the authors to expand areas of special interest and recent progress, from the latest developments in string theory to exciting developments in the search for a complete unified theory of all the forces of physics. Like prior editions of the book& #8211; but even more so& #8211; < i> A Briefer History of Time< /i> will guide nonscientistseverywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.< br> < br> ***< br> < br> Stephen Hawking will be lecturing at the following locations: < br> < br> 11/7/05: < b> San Jose Center for the Performing Arts< /b> , 408 Alamden Blvd., San Jose, CA, 95110, (408) 277-5277< br> < br> 11/10/05: < b> Paramount Theater of the Arts< /b> , 2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94612, (510) 465-6400< br> < br> 11/16/05: < b> The Paramount Theater< /b> , 911 Pine Street, Seattle, WA, 98101, (206) 467-5510< br> < br> Tickets for & quot; The Origins of the Universe with Dr.Stephen Hawking& quot; are available through Ticketmaster.

About the Author

Stephen Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge; his other books for the general reader include the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universes and The Universe in a Nutshell.

Physicist Leonard Mlodinow, his collaborator for this new edition, has taught at Cal Tech, written for Star Trek: The Next Generation, and is the author of Euclid's Window and Feynman's Rainbow and the coauthor of the children's book series The Kids of Einstein Elementary.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553804362
Author:
Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Author:
Stephen Hawking with Leonard Mlodinow
Author:
Hawking, Stephen
Author:
Mlodinow, Leonard
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.22x6.36x.70 in. 1.19 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the 17 years since the publication of A Brief History of Time, Dr. Hawking's bestselling exposition of physics, new data from particle physics and observational astronomy have shed light on efforts to find a Grand Unified Theory of Everything that Hawking and Mlodinow use to enhance and update their answers to basic questions about the universe: where it's going and how it began. Discussed at length are the mysterious dark matter and dark energy — both of which can only be observed by their gravitational effects and are believed to make up 90 percent of the universe. Another area of research that has exploded in the past 20 years is string theory. Hawking and Mlodinow provide one of the most lucid discussions of this complex topic ever written for a general audience. Readers will come away with an excellent understanding of the apparent contradictions and conundrums at the forefront of contemporary physics. Recognizing that much of their audience will also be science fiction buffs, they include a chapter on the possibility of time travel. 'Don't bet on it,' the authors advise. Throughout these discussions, the authors maintain the same wry, lively tone that made the original Brief History such a delight. They close with a discussion of where physics ends and philosophy begins, 'Why does the universe exist at all?' They cannot provide the answer, but they do provide an immense amount of food for thought. Highly recommended." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Briefer History may be the clearest introduction to physics ever....[A]n utterly engrossing read."
"Review" by , "True, Hawking here aims to provide a less technically complex version of his famed A Brief History of Time. But he's also updated the content to reflect the very latest research."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , Stephen Hawking& #8217; s worldwide bestseller, < i> A Brief History of Time< /i> , has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author& #8217; s engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe. But it is also true that in the years since its publication, readers have repeatedly told Professor Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the book& #8217; s most important concepts. < br> < br> This is the origin of and the reason for < i> A Briefer History of Time< /i> its author& #8217; s wish to make its content more accessible to readers & #8211; as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings.< br> < br> Although this book is literally somewhat & #8220; briefer, & #8221; it actually expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were difficult to follow because they were interspersed throughout the book have now been given entire chapters of their own, including relativity, curved space, and quantum theory.< br> < br> This reorganization has allowed the authors to expand areas of special interest and recent progress, from the latest developments in string theory to exciting developments in the search for a complete unified theory of all the forces of physics. Like prior editions of the book& #8211; but even more so& #8211; < i> A Briefer History of Time< /i> will guide nonscientistseverywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.< br> < br> ***< br> < br> Stephen Hawking will be lecturing at the following locations: < br> < br> 11/7/05: < b> San Jose Center for the Performing Arts< /b> , 408 Alamden Blvd., San Jose, CA, 95110, (408) 277-5277< br> < br> 11/10/05: < b> Paramount Theater of the Arts< /b> , 2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94612, (510) 465-6400< br> < br> 11/16/05: < b> The Paramount Theater< /b> , 911 Pine Street, Seattle, WA, 98101, (206) 467-5510< br> < br> Tickets for & quot; The Origins of the Universe with Dr.Stephen Hawking& quot; are available through Ticketmaster.
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