A Brief History of Time: 10th Anniversary Ed

A Brief History of Time: 10th Anniversary Ed

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By (author) Stephen Hawking

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  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback | 212 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 15mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1998
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0553380168
  • ISBN 13: 9780553380163
  • Edition: 10
  • Edition statement: Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary ed
  • Sales rank: 42,273

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In the ten years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with more than nine million copies in forty languages sold worldwide. That edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the intervening years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic worlds. These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawking's theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book, including the recent discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE), which probed back in time to within 300,000 years of the universe's beginning and revealed wrinkles in the fabric of space-time that he had projected. Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these observations, as well as his own recent research, Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book, written an entirely new chapter on wormholes and time travel, and updated the chapters throughout.

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Stephen Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge; his other books for the general reader include "A Briefer History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes" and "The Universe in a Nutshell."

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By Rui Antunes 06 Apr 2011 3

In this book, Stephen Hawking describes advanced developments on General Relativity and Cosmology (including theories on Black Holes, including quantum effects). Although his research is indeed brilliant, the book itself is not: it is not that easy to read, even though it is aimed for laymen.

As for the subject of time, I would recommended "From Eternity to Here", from Sean Carroll.

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"[Hawking] can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit. . . . His is a brain of extraordinary power."--"The New York Review of Books " "This book marries a child's wonder to a genius's intellect. We journey into Hawking's universe while marvelling at his mind."--"The Sunday Times "(London) "Masterful."--"The Wall Street Journal " "Charming and lucid . . . [A book of] sunny brilliance."--"The New Yorker" "Lively and provocative . . . Mr. Hawking clearly possesses a natural teacher's gifts--easy, good-natured humor and an ability to illustrate highly complex propositions with analogies plucked from daily life."--"The New York Times " "Even as he sits helpless in his wheelchair, his mind seems to soar ever more brilliantly across the vastness of space and time to unlock the secrets of the universe."--"Time"

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"A Brief History of Time, published in 1988, was a landmark volume in science writing and in world-wide acclaim and popularity, with more than 9 million copies in print globally. The original edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the ensuing years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic world--observations that have confirmed many of Hawking's theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book. Now a decade later, this edition updates the chapters throughout to document those advances, and also includes an entirely new chapter on Wormholes and Time Travel and a new introduction. It make vividly clear why "A Brief History of Time has transformed our view of the universe.