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 thought as an graduate engineer with honors that I had a grasp of the fundementals of physics. I felt like a grade schooler in a graduate level class after the first hour. How the first book sold so many copies worldwide is beyond me. I guess it was just cool to say you were reading it. I guarantee vast majority of the people that bought the book has no clue of what he was saying. I wish I was a smart as Professor Hawkins not only for his knowledge, vision and understanding but for his ability to make money selling something few people understand what he is saying.
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