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A Briefer History of Time | [Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow]

A Briefer History of Time

Stephen Hawking's worldwide best seller, 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Hawking's worldwide best seller, 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.

©2005 Stephen Hawking; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    John Berthoud, CO, USA 01-01-06
    John Berthoud, CO, USA 01-01-06
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    "A Briefer History of Time"

    Much less obtuse than the original, but still hard slogging. I've had to listen to most sections several times to get a clue.

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    Mario Streger São Paulo / Brazil 09-05-14
    Mario Streger São Paulo / Brazil 09-05-14
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    "Update of the previous Brief History of Time"

    This book is simply an update of the previous book Brief History of Time, and uses the same words and paragraphs! It is always worth hearing Stephen Hawking teach some truth about the universe in his unique way of teaching.

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    Andre Lima Sao Paulo, Brazil 12-01-13
    Andre Lima Sao Paulo, Brazil 12-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "God?"

    I find it strange and scary finding the word "God" when reading a scientific text. Somehow, every time a scientist says "God", they acknowledge its existence, in some basic cognitive level that is socially shared. Theists need no more arguments to force creationism into schools, nor to convert religion-based opinions and preferences into law. I am not glad I read this book.

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    Temporal Singularity 06-21-13
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    "A good book, but the information is dated."

    This book is a must read if you are interested in the subject matter. The only issue I had with the book, and it is the same with any book that deals with theoretical physics and cosmology, is that a knowledgeable reader can get frustrated by some of the information that is dated (published in 2007). Some theories in this book have been either proven or disproven for instance. It is amazing how quickly books of this genre get dated.

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    Jerome Tordo Cassis, France 03-23-13
    Jerome Tordo Cassis, France 03-23-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A must read... for an engineer at least"
    If you could sum up A Briefer History of Time in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating
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    A great book on Science, theories of Physics and its different approaches. Not an easy on indeed a book I would not recommend to anyone that has no background and a special interest in Quantum physics and Astronomy.
    The concepts brought are well stated but not so easy to understand.

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    PWS ARLINGTON, TN, United States 04-02-12
    PWS ARLINGTON, TN, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great explanation of difficult content"
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    The book takes some very technical ideas and brings them down to a normal level using simple examples that we can follow. I listened to this in the car with my kids and my 5th grader was able to follow many of the discussions and grasp the content

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    Carlos miami beach, FL, USA 06-06-08
    Carlos miami beach, FL, USA 06-06-08
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    "interesting and eye opening"

    a lot of hard to absorb concepts for the non scientific mind to follow but very interesting and mind opening

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    Raymond Keller, TX, USA 03-30-06
    Raymond Keller, TX, USA 03-30-06
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    "Good book."

    This is an update of "A Brief History of Time". It is a bit dry in places, but it is interesting.

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    Daniel Rapid City, SD, USA 09-04-06
    Daniel Rapid City, SD, USA 09-04-06
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    "Boring as hell"

    This is a great cure for insomnia, which is bad because I'm really interested in the subject.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-19-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-19-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Too deep...."

    A good book and it discusses some very interesting topics but it's deep and there are parts that are pretty difficult to follow. That aside, the beginning and ending of this book was great but I do have one complaint: for a book like this, it may have been more helpful if the glossary was at the beinning of the book instead of at the very end.

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