- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press; Revised edition edition (23 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593054970
- ISBN-13: 978-0593054970
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 2 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Briefer History of Time Hardcover – 23 Sep 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
I found this to be by far the most lucid explanation of what are some pretty difficult concepts. I personally found the illustrations to be very helpful. It is not an overly long book (hence not too intimidating) & whilst perhaps not getting in to too much detail, it does seem to cover all the significant issues.
An outstanding book!!
This book is published to the highest standard I've seen for a scientific book, it includes useful pictures with a glossy finish. The book is something of a 'show-off' item. If you read this you will learn a detailed history of physics and you will realise why Einstein is famous and understand the equation that comes with his name. You will also be given a great description of the development of the physics from Aristotle to Newton. A definite buy!
I would also recommend:
- Simon Singh (Fermat's Last Theorem)
- Richard Feynman (Six Easy Pieces, Six Not-so-easy Pieces, Character of Physical Law, QED, The Meaning of it all)
- Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time, The Grand Design)
- Brian Cox (Everything that can happen does happen, Why does E=mc^2)
If you're interested in this sort of stuff or just looking for a good informative read then I'd highly recommend this book, I couldn't put it down and I plan on reading it again at some point!
Kemp's review is much fairer. I have a physics degree and read through this book quickly, without having to re-read anything. OK, you might say, you have a physics degree. But I stumble in other 'popular' books - I'm having to reread(even rewrite!) Polkinghorne's 'very short introduction to Quantum Physics' to get anywhere at all!
I would have no hesitation in buying this book as a great Xmas present for a 14 or 70 year old who wanted to know something about physics.
He deals with the challenging issues again: Quantum Gravity, Curved Space, The Expanding Universe, The Forces of Nature and the Unification of Physics ending with a brief conclusion and a few short chapters on major scientists, e.g. Newton, Einstein, Galileo.
It is as lucid, informative and enjoyable as the earlier "longer" edition and I have no hesitation in recommending it. The hardcover is well-printed in a substantial cover and thick glossy paper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having tried to read the full version ('A Brief History of Time'), this version is much more accessiblePublished 5 days ago by Mr R Harris
Still technical in places (quantum mechanics) but broadly very understandable even with a limited knowledge of physics etc.Published 17 days ago by Simon
Most interesting once I can get my head around some of the theoryPublished 2 months ago by Peter Gladwell
Great read in layman terms a book to provoke thought and question.Published 3 months ago by Martin H.
I bought this for my liberal arts educated girlfriend after she gave up on my copy of Hawking's book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cleveland
Easy to read for people with basic scientific knowledge but still some parts are difficult to understand and so you will have to read the page back a few times.Published 6 months ago by J Hicks