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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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one of the best books I've ever listened to

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.

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informative

Good overall explained things very well, enjoyed it very much. would recommend to anyone. read this!

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Lost strain of thoughts

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.

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  • Motaz
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 05-04-15

Chapters are not well divided in audio version

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

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Awesome

I have the book and have read it several times. It was nice having it read to me this time. The narrator did an
awesome job!

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  • Mario
  • Wadsworth / OH
  • 09-05-14

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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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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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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Interesting

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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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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

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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