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A Briefer History of Time

By Stephen Hawking,Leonard Mlodinow

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| Hardcover | 9780553804362

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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 Continue

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.

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 history and future of the universe. But it is also true that in the years since its publication, readers have repeatedly told Professor Hawking of their great difficulty in understanding some of the book's most important concepts.
This is the origin of and the reason for "A Briefer History of Time: its author's wish to make its content more accessible to readers -as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings.
Although this book is literally somewhat "briefer," it actually expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were difficult 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 developments in string theory to exciting developments in the search for a complete unified theory of all the forces 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 space.

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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.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    看完了整本著作後,
    把我對科學發展的脈絡整個連接起來,
    以前有時單獨聽到其中一項科學理論,
    比如說速度接近光速時會影響時間,
    但對其如何發展而來,
    其結果如何產生違反直覺的事實,
    總是不得其解,
    直到讀完整本後才有了一個邏輯串起來。

    若是對科學相當有興趣,
    本書絕對是必讀的經典。

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    raix852 said on Jul 8, 2014 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    The complexity of those scientific theories were too hard to understand even that I do have little scientific background. Agreed with the previous reviews that, the introduction of few equations may do some good to the explanation. The gossip stories ...(continue)

    The complexity of those scientific theories were too hard to understand even that I do have little scientific background. Agreed with the previous reviews that, the introduction of few equations may do some good to the explanation. The gossip stories of the three academic giants are intriguing. Overall, it deserves a re-visit for a clearer picture on the development of human understanding on our existence.

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    TomNam said on Mar 2, 2014 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Troppo semplice. Contiene solo informazioni che si studiano anche a scuola.

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    Roberta said on Nov 16, 2013 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Troppo facile o troppo difficile?

    Il problema con questi libri è che:
    1) Ti fanno venire voglia di approfondire, ma purtroppo non hai le competenze di base per approfondire
    2) Fino ad un certo punto riesci, più o meno, a stare dietro agli argomenti (almeno a livello intuitivo); gli u ...(continue)

    Il problema con questi libri è che:
    1) Ti fanno venire voglia di approfondire, ma purtroppo non hai le competenze di base per approfondire
    2) Fino ad un certo punto riesci, più o meno, a stare dietro agli argomenti (almeno a livello intuitivo); gli ultimi 2 capitoli, però sono abbastanza incomprensibili...

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    Kadath Dragon said on Sep 9, 2013 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Un libro che con semplicità estrema spiega lo stato della ricerca sull'universo. Lo consiglio veramente a tutti.

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    Barbalbero said on Aug 20, 2013 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Comprendere facilmente i difficili meccanismi che stanno alla base dell'universo? Con questo libro si può. Relatività, quantistica, spazio-tempo e tutto il resto. Comunque, nonostante la bravura dell'autore, a volte mi sono trovato costrett ...(continue)

    Comprendere facilmente i difficili meccanismi che stanno alla base dell'universo? Con questo libro si può. Relatività, quantistica, spazio-tempo e tutto il resto. Comunque, nonostante la bravura dell'autore, a volte mi sono trovato costretto a ritornare indietro sui miei passi per poter assimilare meglio alcuni concetti ma sicuramente, grazie anche agli esempi descritti, sono riuscito a comprendere la parte ostica.
    Consigliato se siete affascinati dall'argomento.

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    Beppoland said on May 7, 2013 | Add your feedback

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