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A Briefer History of Time

Format:  Paperback,

162 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: May 2008

ISBN-13: 9780553385465

ISBN-10: 0553385461

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#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLING AUTHORS
The science classic made more accessible
- More concise - Illustrated
FROM ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT MINDS OF OUR TIME COMES A BOOK THAT CLARIFIES HIS MOST IMPORTANT IDEAS
Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller "A Brief History of Time" remains a landmark volume in scientific writing. But for years readers have asked for a more accessible formulation of its key concepts--the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universe. "A Briefer History of Time" is Professor Hawking's response.
Although "briefer," this book is much more than a mere explanation of Hawking's earlier work. "A Briefer History of Time" both clarifies and expands on the great subjects of the original, and records the latest developments in the field--from string theory to the search for a unified theory of all the forces of physics. Thirty-seven full-color illustrations enhance the text and make "A Briefer History of Time" an exhilarating and must-have addition in its own right to the great literature of science and ideas.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: May 2008
ISBN-13: 9780553385465
ISBN-10: 0553385461
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 162
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 0.5

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Biography of Hawking, Stephen W.

Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. As a student at Oxford University, Hawking studied Physics, and after three years was awarded a first class honors degree in Natural Science. After gaining a Ph.D. from Cambridge, Hawking became a Research Fellow, and later on a Professional Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Widely regarded as one of the greatest theoretical physicists since Einstein, Hawking has held the post as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge since 1979. Most famous for his research on black holes, he has written the books A Brief History of Time and Black Holes and Baby Universes, a collection of essays published in 1993. He also authored the books On the Shoulders of Giants, A Briefer History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, and The Grand Design.

Hawking is also the author of numerous articles for scientific papers, has 12 honorary degrees and is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Hawking was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in his early 20s and is now confined to a wheelchair. He uses a computer device to help him speak. Hawking holds a professorship at the University of Oxford.

Biography of Mlodinow, Leonard

Leonard Mlodinow was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1954. He received bachelor's degrees in math and physics and a master's degree in physics from Brandeis University and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Bantrell Research Fellow in Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology, and then became an Alexander Avon Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics and Astrophysics in Munich, Germany.

In the 1980's, he wrote for numerous television shows including MacGyver, Star Trek: the Next Generation, and Night Court. In 1993, he decided to switch to computer gaming and became producer, executive producer and designer of several award-winning games. From 1997 to 2003, he was the vice president for software development and then vice president and publisher for math education at Scholastic Inc. In 2005, he began teaching at the California Institute of Technology.

He is now a full-time writer. His books include Euclid's Window, Feynman's Rainbow, A Briefer History of Time with Stephen Hawking, The Drunkard's Walk, The Grand Design with Stephen Hawking, and War of the Worldviews with Deepak Chopra. He has also written two children's books with Matt Costello: The Last Dinosaur and Titanic Cat.

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. 1
Thinking About the Universep. 3
Our Evolving Picture of the Universep. 6
The Nature of a Scientific Theoryp. 13
Newton's Universep. 19
Relativityp. 26
Curved Spacep. 38
The Expanding Universep. 50
The Big Bang, Black Holes, and the Evolution of the Universep. 68
Quantum Gravityp. 86
Wormholes and Time Travelp. 104
The Forces of Nature and the Unification of Physicsp. 117
Conclusionp. 138
Albert Einsteinp. 143
Galileo Galileip. 145
Isaac Newtonp. 147
Glossaryp. 149
Indexp. 155

Book description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORS

The science classic made more accessible

• More concise • Illustrated

FROM ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT MINDS OF OUR TIME COMES A BOOK THAT CLARIFIES HIS MOST IMPORTANT IDEAS

Stephen Hawking’s worldwide bestseller A Brief History of Time remains a landmark volume in scientific writing. But for years readers have asked for a more accessible formulation of its key concepts—the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universe. A Briefer History of Time is Professor Hawking’s response.

Although “briefer,” this book is much more than a mere explanation of Hawking’s earlier work. A Briefer History of Time both clarifies and expands on the great subjects of the original, and records the latest developments in the field—from string theory to the search for a unified theory of all the forces of physics. Thirty-seven full-color illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating and must-have addition in its own right to the great literature of science and ideas.

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