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A Briefer History of Time

by Stephen Hawking

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 William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England. When he was eight, his family moved to St. Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At the age of eleven, Hawking went to St. Albans School and then on to University College, Oxford, his father's old college. Hawking wanted to study Mathematics, although his father would have preferred medicine. Mathematics was not available at University College, so he pursued Physics instead. After three years he was awarded a first class honours degree in Natural Science.

Hawking then went on to Cambridge to do research in Cosmology, there being no one working in that area in Oxford at the time. After gaining his Ph.D. he became first a Research Fellow and later on a Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. After ...

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