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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,709 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 more 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."

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sumera | 2/19/2014

    " For someone who was completely lost in Physics class to acing the class in the last couple of months, this book was amazing. It was so easy to read and understand and was very informative to what I needed to know for my first physics course. I found myself retelling the information to my brother, who knows nothing of physics, and explaining the theories to him. The best beginner's choice for the broad topic of physics and it really opens up the interest in the field. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kalen Graham | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting concepts about space and time. A good balance of technical jargon and explaining concepts in laymans terms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Coyotejoe2 | 2/6/2014

    " In This book, hawking keep using the same example and explanations of scientific princilble over nad over agian. He describes the Doppler Effect 5 time and the trees in the forest 6 times. This book was just ok,,,, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rodney Hart | 1/26/2014

    " Need to read it again to really get all that it was saying, but some fascinating topics are made understandable by the incredibly brilliant Stephen Hawking. "

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