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A Briefer History of Time

by Stephen Hawking

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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.

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'Briefer History may be the clearest introduction to physics ever, and not just because it eschews equations, though that helps....Like the best biographies, it's an utterly engrossing read.' - Booklist.

Comment: According to Hawking, one copy of A Brief History of Time has been sold for every 750 people on earth (how many of them actually managed to read it from cover to cover is a different matter!) A Briefer History of Time is not only updated to include new material such as new developments in string theory, and new indications about a unified theory of physics, but it also attempts to simplify the concepts by shortening the length of the book and adding more illustrations.

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Stephen Hawking Author Biography

Stephen Hawking is the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. Now the Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge, his other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe and The Universe in a Nutshell.

In 1963, 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. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at ...

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