Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book.
|Published (Last):||22 July 2012|
|PDF File Size:||18.19 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||13.87 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Leonard Mlodinow. 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, read Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. 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.
Thirty-seven full-color illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating addition in its own right to the literature of science. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published September 27th by Bantam first published September 23rd More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Briefer History of Time , please sign up. Should i read this before A Brief History of Time? Igor Chertkov This particular book is an updated and slightly simplified version of the earlier editions. You don't have to read both. Filipe Dias Same answer as the other question.
See 2 questions about A Briefer History of Time…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Briefer History of Time. Apr 18, Cait Poytress rated it it was amazing Shelves: lost-lit , non-fiction , science , read-in There's nothing like the contemplation of the universe for making one feel simultaneously awe struck and incredibly insignificant. Kind of random, but I loved Hawking's frequent use of the exclamation mark. For example:: "However, when an antiparticle and a particle meet, they annihilate each other.
So if you meet your antiself, don't shake hands - you would both vanish in a great flash of light! I wanted to yell "Preach it, Mr. Science is awesome! View all 9 comments. An exceptionally good, concise look at physics for the layman.
The explanations were just super. There are some tough concepts to understand. Maybe even repeat his explanation. I found most became fairly clear, even time travel, but maybe not string theory. That still An exceptionally good, concise look at physics for the layman.
That still seems a bit far out to me. And, I'm still not sold on such huge quantities of dark matter. He really is a genius to be able to dumb down such a complex subject so well. Best of all, he makes it clear that many of the theories I was taught might be wrong in extremes, but are perfectly acceptable in my observable, living universe, so I don't feel like a complete idiot. Time varies with the observer, but the fractions of a second difference that my GPS uses are of intellectual interest only.
I was a bit surprised at his references to god since I thought he was an atheist. Apparently this was his way to explain in terms that he thought most people would understand. I found this on the web: Hawking now explained: "What I meant by 'we would know the mind of God' is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God.
Which there isn't. I'm an atheist. Use it or lose it. They're interesting, but of no practical value to me and, as he points out, science has progressed so much that no one can understand it all any more. So, this was a nice glance at a very interesting, if odd area. View 1 comment. Nov 21, Deborah Markus rated it liked it. If you're thinking of reading A Brief History of Time , read this first.
At least if you're a total civilian, which I am. My son and I read this together. We did have to hit the Internet pretty hard a few times to get clarification on some critical points; but all in all, this is a well-written, accessible introduction to some pretty heady stuff. I would recommend having the basics of atomic structure and the life cycles of stars under your belt before giving this a go. Also, it really helped my son and me to resign ourselves to not being able to visualize certain concepts.
Wave-particle duality is just plain weird, and I think it helps to do the best you can and ultimately just go with it, rather than struggling to fit this contradictory idea into a conventional kind of "making sense. Jul 11, Briynne rated it it was amazing. Wow and wow. I am not by nature a science person. The largely-repressed memories I have of high school chemistry still make me feel a little ill.
But this, friends, is more like reading poetry than it is like reading a textbook. I am officially in awe of Stephen Hawking - the man can actually make you feel about subatomic particles and forces of nature. It's nothing short of amazing, really. Don't be put off, fellow arts majors. This is a phenomenal book. View 2 comments.
Synopsis of a century of science. I really need to learn more about quantum stuff. Much of it came up as a science after my school days, and a lot of pop sci routes around it with brief hand-waving while pursuing more approachable Synopsis of a century of science.
Much of it came up as a science after my school days, and a lot of pop sci routes around it with brief hand-waving while pursuing more approachable topics. Ta, L. View all 4 comments. Shelves: nonfiction-science. However I wish explanations to some theories made sense to me.
A Brief History of Time
Like spacetime itself, Stephen Hawking seemed to appear from nowhere and expand rapidly to fill the publishing universe. Within a year, he was almost certainly the most famous scientist since Albert Einstein and he had established a reputation everywhere in the English-speaking world as the last word on black holes and the making of the universe. Since black holes had, in , only a hypothetical existence, and since the making of the universe was, and still is, a subject of pure speculation, it was an extraordinary achievement. By , A Brief History of Time had sold six million copies and a paperback edition was still only a twinkle in his publisher's eye. The book sat in the bestseller lists for weeks and was translated into 40 languages.
A Briefer History of Time
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again.