A Briefer History of Time

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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 historie and future of the niverse. But it is also true that in the year since its publication, readers have repeatedly told Professor Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the essa 's most important oncepts.





This is the rigin of and the eason for A Briefer History of Time: its author 's wish to make its content accessible to readers- as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings.





Although this nove is literally somewhat 'briefer', it actually expands on the great topic of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were impossible 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 innovations in string theory to exciting developments in the searching for a complete, unified theory of all the orces 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 pace.





Thirty-eight full-colour illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating addition in its own right to the poetry of science.
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Published September 23rd 2005 by Bantam Press
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A Briefer History of Time
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148

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It outlines, however, the scientific theor, observations, and discoveries by which one can try to understand how things are they way they are.

Starting with the basic definition of the Scientific heory, and ending with the ilemma of String Theories, the authors tackle some interesting topics regarding the nature of space and time, realized by a different set of theories initiated by different scientists; like Newton, Einstein, and Heisenberg, during a long course of human history.

Do n't expect the ook to give you a happy, clear ending, for nowadays theories are not allowe to explain verything, as they are still not completely compatible.

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I am officially in awe of Stephen Hawking- the man can actually make you feel about subatomic particles and forces of nature.

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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. " And now: on to The Illustrated A Brief History of Time ( expanded and updated edition)!

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So if you meet your antiself, do n't shake hands- you would both vanish in a great flash of light! " and " The supermassive black hole has a star orbiting it at about 2 percent the speed of light, faster than the average speed of an electron orbiting the nucleus in an atom! " His pure excitement regarding the subject matter and specific points being made is almost palpable.

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The esult: my brain hurts, I learned a few hings, and I humbly submit that I will stay in the science.

I think Hawking is just playing with me, like a mega-brain cat swatting around an insignificant cricket.

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I began watching Neil Degrasse Tyson 's Cosmos last year and it rekindled my interest in learning about physics and stronomy.

When I learned that there was a Briefer History of Time, I opted for that one because of my relative ignorance in the subject.In the first chapte, I feared I should have chosen the Brief version instead, because it was sort of 4 Dummies and I did n't need that much explaining to understand it.

In the beginnin it is not at 4 dummies, you need to have read the preceding chapters to understand it if you 're new to the matte.

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( I 've read that it might not be the correct path after all& now they 're just ditching time completely since it might not exist at some leve.) And, I 'm still not sold on such huge quantities of dark matter.He did a great job debunking determinism& many of the older notio of the niverse, but gently.

He showed how they were stepping stones towards refining what we know today& things that we 're still struggling to understand.

He looks forward to the day when we all understand the refinements of Einstein 's equations& their consequences well enough that they 're second nature.

If veryone were to read& understand this book, we would.Best of all, he makes it clear that mos of the ideas I was taught might be wrong in extremes, but are perfectly acceptable in my observable, living universe, so I do n't feel like a complete idiot.

I 'm an atheist. " He added: " Religion believes in miracles, but these are n't compatible with science. " That makes more sense.After listening to this, I 'm thrille I read it rather than A Brief History of Time.

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But I would like to get a better grasp on some scientific principles, so I thought I would give this novel a whirl.

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