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 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.
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.
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Don't drive with this one
Excellent book but not suited to listening to whilst driving as I did - The areas discussed are so deep and require so much in depth though it nearly put me in a ditch! In all seriousness it is excellent, real mind expanding stuff but make sure you can give it 100% concentration or you can easily get left behind and be prepared to rewind as you are just comprehending the vastness of one idea another can slip you by before you have a chance to think on it.
Does exactly what it says on 'tin
If a simple fella like me can get me brain round this "bag 'o' mashins" then maybe Stacey 'red setter' Solomon won't end up being sponsored by IAMS! Geddit down your earpiece n learn lads n lasses... Seriously though, very good and well presented! Thoughts of impossible to think of things may just become cohesive?! Indeedy!
A Briefer History of Time.....
I have read the original book...."A History of Time" and the glory of reading is that you read in your own internal voice.....
There is complexity in the subject and text but it is both stimulating and thought provoking...marvelous!
I have recently been on a long haul flight and thought that this audiobook would fill the void. I havent managed to stay awake long enough to listen to more that about 30 minutes at a go so far....the subject is still wonderful but the choice of narrator leaves much to be desired. Perhaps this is a personal thing - but the style of narration is tedious, "monochromatic" dare I say dull....not surprised it is not recommended for driving!
If there is any chance at all of getting this book re narrated it could only improve it. Great shame for such a wonderful book. I will buy the papercopy and read it in my head!