The Illustrated A Brief History of Time

The Illustrated A Brief History of Time

Book - 1996
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In the years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time has established itself as a landmark volume in scientific writing.nbsp;nbsp;It has become an international publishing phenomenon, translated into forty languages and selling over nine million copies.nbsp;nbsp;The book was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the nature of the universe, but since that time there have been extraordinary advances in the technology of macrocosmic worlds.nbsp;nbsp;These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawkin's theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book, including the recent discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE), which probed back in time to within 300,000 years of the fabric of space-time that he had projected.

Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these many observations, as well as his recent research, for this expanded edition Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book, written an entirely new chapter on the fascinating subject of wormholes and time travel, and updated the original chapters.

In addition, to heighten understanding of complex concepts that readers may have found difficult to grasp despite the clarity and wit of Professor Hawking's writing, this edition is enhanced throughout with more than 240 full-color illustrations, including satellite images, photographs made made possible by spectacular technological advance such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and computer generated images of three and four-dimensional realities.nbsp;nbsp;Detailed captions clarify these illustrations, enable readers to experience the vastness of intergalactic space, the nature of black holes, and the microcosmic world of particle physics in which matters and antimatter collide.

A classic work that now brings to the reader the latest understanding of cosmology, A Brief History Of Time is the story of the ongoing search for t he tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1996.
Edition: Updated and expanded ed.
ISBN: 9780553103748
Branch Call Number: 523.1/HAWK
Characteristics: 248p. 26cm.


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sundanced Mar 16, 2018

A cosmology classic accompanied by beautiful full-color illustrations. A must-read for anyone interested in the mysteries of the universe.

Mark Melnychuk
Jun 10, 2012

Hawkin's A Brief History of Time leaves many aspects of modern and classical physics only half explained. This is partly due to his decision to steer clear of even the simplest mathematics, not wanting to alienate a mathematically incompetent readership. The result is pretty unsatisfactory and explains the books notoriety as one of the most unread bestsellers. A much better popular science book, covering much the same ground, is Why does E=mc² ? by Brian cox and Jeff Forshaw.
After reading A Brief History of Time, one wonders whether Hawkin's standing in the field is as high as it seems. He doesn't even discuss the concept of gravity as curved space and that is a significant omission. Also, he merely offers tantilizing hints of the reality behind physical phenomena and nothing more. Some say he isn't so great and there are more than a few others that are just as great or greater. In our politically correct, mad society, it is no suprise that a physically-challenged physicist should get undue attention. I know that there are no good physically-challenged, female Amerindian fiction writers because if there was one that was at least pretty good, there would be no end of hearing how she's the greatest thing since Shakepeare (like Jane Austen is now favourably compared with Shakepeare).
Forget A Brief History of Time; read instead the alternative mentioned above.

Mar 05, 2010

This is a great edition, if your in a scientific mood, read this.


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