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.
©2005 Stephen Hawking; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Readers will come away with an excellent understanding of the apparent contradictions and conundrums at the forefront of contemporary physics....Throughout these discussions, the authors maintain the same wry, lively tone that made the original Brief History such a delight." (Publishers Weekly)
I read this book years ago and was a little let down. Then, I read the illustrated version and was thrilled. This shorter audio book is also excellent.
I very much appreciate just how incredible Stephen Hawking's mind is where, he could take 300+ years of history and summarize it down to this short intense book, yet be so informative for any level intellect!
I have not read the original book which this book is based on. but I should say this one is amazing. concepts perfectly explained. great audio the narrator is great as well. I had no hard time understanding what he says at all.
I like the book and it is on of the best book that explain difficult phenomenon. I did not follow all the thoughts in the book. Some ideas fly above my head and other that I am not familiar with. I like how the author is trying to explain with example from our daily life but still some ideas were hard to grasp.
A knowledge seeker.
The chapters are collected as big chunks making it difficult to follow them. It would be much better if there were chapters as in the book itself
I have the book and have read it several times. It was nice having it read to me this time. The narrator did an
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