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Steven Hawking's book a Brief History of Time looked to bring the concepts of black holes, worm holes and quantum physics out of academia and into everyday converastions. While it was a landmark in scientific publishing some of the book was still pretty hard to grasp. So Mr Hawkings has reviewed the book and made it 'briefer' and it is now a fantastic guide for non scientist to the fundamentals of space and time.
Stephen Hawkingâ€™s worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its authorâ€™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 bookâ€™s most important concepts. This is the origin of and the reason for A Briefer History of Time: its authorâ€™s wish to make its content accessible to readers â€” as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings.
Although this book is literally somewhat â€˜brieferâ€™, 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 bookâ€”but even more so â€” A Briefer History of Time will guide nonscientists everywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space. Thirty-eight full-colour illustrations enhance the text and make A Briefer History of Time an exhilarating addition in its own right to the literature of science.
Publication date: 17/10/2005
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||17th October 2005|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||The Real World,|
In 1963, Stephen Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Since 1979 he has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE in 1982. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Science.More About Stephen Hawking