A Briefer History of Time

A Briefer History of Time

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By (author) Stephen Hawking, By (author) Leonard Mlodinow

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 162 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 231mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 27 September 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0553804367
  • ISBN 13: 9780553804362
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 93,251

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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, who was born on the anniversary of Galileo's death in 1942, held Isaac Newton's chair as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years. Widely regarded as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein, he is also the author of "A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Grand Design, " and numerous scientific books and papers. Leonard Mlodinow is a physicist and the author of "Feynman's Rainbow, Euclid's Window, " and "The Drunkard's Walk." He lives in Pasadena, California.

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Praise for the original edition of "A Brief History of Time" "[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" "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" "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) "A masterful summary of what physicists now think the world is made of and how it got that way."--"The Wall Street Journal" "Charming and lucid . . . [a book of] sunny brilliance."--"The New Yorker"

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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.