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The Illustrated A Brief History of Time : Updated and Expanded Edition

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In the years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's <b>A Brief History Of Time</b> has established itself as a landmark volume in scientific writing. It has become an international publishing phenomenon, translated into forty languages and selling over nine million copies. The book was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the nature of the universe, but since that time there have been extraordinary advances in the technology of macrocosmic worlds. These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawkin'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 fabric of space-time that he had projected. <p></p>Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these many observations, as well as his recent research, for this expanded edition Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book, written an entirely new chapter on the fascinating subject of wormholes and time travel, and updated the original chapters. <p></p>In addition, to heighten understanding of complex concepts that readers may have found difficult to grasp despite the clarity and wit of Professor Hawking's writing, this edition is enhanced throughout with more than 240 full-color illustrations, including satellite images, photographs made made possible by spectacular technological advance such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and computer generated images of three and four-dimensional realities. Detailed captions clarify these illustrations, enable readers to experience the vastness of intergalactic space, the nature of black holes, and the microcosmic world of particle physics in which matters and antimatter collide. <p></p>A classic work that now brings to the reader the latest understanding of cosmology, <b> A Brief History Of Time</b> is the story of the ongoing search for t he tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.

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In the years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time has established itself as a landmark volume in scientific writing. It has become an international publishing phenomenon, translated into forty languages and selling over nine million copies. The book was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the nature of the universe, but since that time there have been extraordinary advances in the technology of macrocosmic worlds. These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawkin'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 fabric of space-time that he had projected.

Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these many observations, as well as his recent research, for this expanded edition Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book, written an entirely new chapter on the fascinating subject of wormholes and time travel, and updated the original chapters.

In addition, to heighten understanding of complex concepts that readers may have found difficult to grasp despite the clarity and wit of Professor Hawking's writing, this edition is enhanced throughout with more than 240 full-color illustrations, including satellite images, photographs made made possible by spectacular technological advance such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and computer generated images of three and four-dimensional realities. Detailed captions clarify these illustrations, enable readers to experience the vastness of intergalactic space, the nature of black holes, and the microcosmic world of particle physics in which matters and antimatter collide.

A classic work that now brings to the reader the latest understanding of cosmology, A Brief History Of Time is the story of the ongoing search for t he tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.In the years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time has established itself as a landmark volume in scientific writing.  It has become an international publishing phenomenon, translated into forty languages and selling over nine million copies.  The book was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the nature of the universe, but since that time there have been extraordinary advances in the technology of macrocosmic worlds.  These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawkin'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 fabric of space-time that he had projected.

Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these many observations, as well as his recent research, for this expanded edition Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book, written an entirely new chapter on the fascinating subject of wormholes and time travel, and updated the original chapters.

In addition, to heighten understanding of complex concepts that readers may have found difficult to grasp despite the clarity and wit of Professor Hawking's writing, this edition is enhanced throughout with more than 240 full-color illustrations, including satellite images, photographs made made possible by spectacular technological advance such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and computer generated images of three and four-dimensional realities.  Detailed captions clarify these illustrations, enable readers to experience the vastness of intergalactic space, the nature of black holes, and the microcosmic world of particle physics in which matters and antimatter collide.

A classic work that now brings to the reader the latest understanding of cosmology, A Brief History Of Time is the story of the ongoing search for t he tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.

Specifications

Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
256
Author
Stephen Hawking
Title
The Illustrated A Brief History of Time
ISBN-13
9780553103748
Publication Date
October, 1996
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
10.20 x 7.80 x 0.76 Inches
ISBN-10
0553103741

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The Illustrated a Brief History of Time
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This really isn't very good. The attempt to make cosmology accessible leads to oddities like Hawking explaining imaginary numbers without using exponents of any kind (or square roots), but going on to use the concept to try to explain the shape of the universe in imaginary time! I can only account for its popularity by its combination of a superficial treatment of interesting topics, an absence of any explanations of true depth, and a rather tired obsession with the theology of cosmology. There's really only so many times you can read the structure "a thousand million million (one followed by 15 zeros)" without thinking, "introduce scientific notation and get it over with!" Meanwhile, his attempts to be colloquial tend to be just silly, and his references to "science fiction" suggest that his knowledge of what science fiction is like were formed by watching Star Trek in the 60's. There are better books on cosmology. They'll be more challenging, but you might actually learn something. Try Brian Greene.
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The Illustrated a Brief History of Time
Prompt delivery, fare price, and beautiful book quality. Cant wait to starting reading and enjoy!!
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This really isnt very...
This really isn't very good. The attempt to make cosmology accessible leads to oddities like Hawking explaining imaginary numbers without using exponents of any kind (or square roots), but going on to use the concept to try to explain the shape of the universe in imaginary time! I can only account for its popularity by its combination of a superficial treatment of interesting topics, an absence of any explanations of true depth, and a rather tired obsession with the theology of cosmology. There's really only so many times you can read the structure "a thousand million million (one followed by 15 zeros)" without thinking, "introduce scientific notation and get it over with!" Meanwhile, his attempts to be colloquial tend to be just silly, and his references to "science fiction" suggest that his knowledge of what science fiction is like were formed by watching Star Trek in the 60's. There are better books on cosmology. They'll be more challenging, but you might actually learn something. Try Brian Greene.
Prompt delivery, fare price, and beautiful book quality. Cant wait to starting reading and enjoy!!
This really isn't very good. The attempt to make cosmology accessible leads to oddities like Hawking explaining imaginary numbers without using exponents of any kind (or square roots), but going on to use the concept to try to explain the shape of the universe in imaginary time! I can only account for its popularity by its combination of a superficial treatment of interesting topics, an absence of any explanations of true depth, and a rather tired obsession with the theology of cosmology. There's really only so many times you can read the structure "a thousand million million (one followed by 15 zeros)" without thinking, "introduce scientific notation and get it over with!" Meanwhile, his attempts to be colloquial tend to be just silly, and his references to "science fiction" suggest that his knowledge of what science fiction is like were formed by watching Star Trek in the 60's. There are better books on cosmology. They'll be more challenging, but you might actually learn something. Try Brian Greene.

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This book is amazing! ...

This book is amazing! If you like science but can't understand all the math, this is one for you! The illustations are so unusual and can be contemplated over for hours. This book has special meaning for me because my 11 year old autistic son read and immediately explained it to me (in his words) after I had spent half the night trying to understand its concepts. I finally knew there was a person in there.

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A Beautiful Book

Got this for grandson who wants to study Astro Physics in college. It is a beautiful book and a tribute to a remarkable person. Hawking raised many questions and explored the unknown. He does not push his atheist belief and he failed to prove their is no God.

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The Illustrated a Brief History of Time

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A very excellent read ...

A very excellent read for anyone interesting in physics or space. Easy to read, to the point, well-illustrated. Great as reference material. You'll definately feel smarter after reading this.

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The science gets a lit...

The science gets a little deep in places, so this book might not been for the feint of heart, but nevertheless a great read if you're interested in physics and the nature of time. The illustrated edition is liberally illustrated with many beautiful diagrams and illustrations, which for the most part don't aid in understanding the material, but definitely increase one's overall enjoyment of the book. Well worth the extra cost.

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