A Briefer History of Time Paperback – 11 Sep 2008
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"Hawking and Mlodinow provide one of the most lucid discussions of this complex topic ever written for a general audience.... [They] maintain the same wry, lively tone that made A Brief History of Time such a delight."—"Publishers Weekly", starred review
“May be the clearest introduction to physics ever…An utterly engrossing read.” —"Booklist "
"Hawking and Mlodinow provide one of the most lucid discussions of this complex topic ever written for a general audience. . . . [They] maintain the same wry, lively tone that made "A Brief History of Time" such a delight."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"May be the clearest introduction to physics ever . . . An utterly engrossing read."--"Booklist "
Hawking and Mlodinow provide one of the most lucid discussions of this complex topic ever written for a general audience. . . . [They] maintain the same wry, lively tone that made "A Brief History of Time" such a delight. "Publishers Weekly," starred review
May be the clearest introduction to physics ever . . . An utterly engrossing read. "Booklist "" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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)
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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Fantastic read, written in an engaging and interesting way which is easy for someone who has relatively little knowledge of the subjects tackled. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Conor Powell
I enjoyed showing this to my family and pointing out the revised title from the brief history of timePublished 1 month ago by shawinderjit ghag singh
A simple, really concise and beautifully clear account of the Universe and why it is like it is.Published 2 months ago by RTK
well written and made comprehensible for readers with only a basic knowledge of physicsPublished 3 months ago by M BRUTON
Enjoyable read of a complex subject The Time.
Makes you wonder if time is God ! After all as we can see neither.
I love this book. It describes history of physics in a very gripping way and helps you understand even the difficult topics of modern physics.
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Excellent and improved (in my incredibly humble opinion) version of A Brief History of Time. A great introduction to some great stuff.Published 4 months ago by MarkB
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