A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time, published in 1988, was a landmark volume in science writing and in world-wide acclaim and popularity, with more than 9 million copies in print globally. The original edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the ensuing years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic world–observations that have confirmed many of Hawking’s theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book.
Now a decade later, this edition updates the chapters throughout to document those advances, and also includes an entirely new chapter on Wormholes and Time Travel and a new introduction. It make vividly clear why A Brief History of Time has transformed our view of the universe.
Presents the nonscientist with a guide through the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time & space with updated material & new information on the subject of wormholes & time travel. Paper. DLC: Cosmology. –This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
"He can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit– His is a brain of extraordinary power."
— New York Review of Books
"Hawking has succeeded in writing two intertwined books, one a highly readable and popular account of the role of time in physics, the other an in-depth review– What makes all this so interesting is Hawking’s ability to convoy the essential physics in words alone."
— Physics Today
"In his first work of popular science, Stephen Hawking proves himself to be a master of vivid clarity– It’s difficult to think of anyone else living who could have put these mathematically formidable subjects more clearly."
— Chicago Tribune
"A masterful summary of what physicists now think the world is made of and how it got that way."
— The Wall Street journal
"This book marries a child’s wonder to a genius’s intellect. We journey into Hawking’s universe while marvelling at his mind."
— The Sunday Times (London)
"The famous theoretical physicist best known for his inquiries into the nature of black holes–turns out to be as skilled a popular writer as he is a mathematician– The result is probably the best single book on astrophysics for the common reader. Thank you, Dr. Hawking!"
"Lively and provocative– Hawking clearly possesses a natural teacher’s gift – easy, good-natured humor and an ability to illustrate highly complex propositions with analogies plucked from daily life."
— The New York Times
"Charming and lucid–gives the general reader an opportunity to learn some deep science directly from the source– [A book of] sunny brilliance."
— The New Yorker
–This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author(s)
Stephen Hawking, who was born on the anniversary of Galileo’s death in 1942, holds Isaac Newton’s chair as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Widely regarded as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein, he is also the author of Black Holes and Baby Universes, a collection of essays published in 1993, as well as numerous scientific papers and books. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
It Will Change the Way You Look at the Universe!, June 21, 2002
Stephen Hawking is an established scientific genius, but this book establishes him as a brilliant writer – an extremely rare, yet valuable combination. A point he brings to attention is that it had been possible for the philosophers of ancient times to master practically all the knowledge of academia. Today, however, only a handful of extremely specialized scientists understand the latest ideas in their fields. While men of ancient times could easily understand the latest scientific ideas, people today are lost. Enter "A Brief History of Time." This book helps fill in that gap between an average person’s understanding and the highly specialized scientists’ knowledge.
This book covers ideas that are profound and affect everyone. It explains theories that concern the creation of the universe, time travel, light-speed travel, and many more topics. Imagine actually having some grasp of Einstein’s general relativity. Ever heard of string theory? How might time travel actually be possible? What are these black holes of which I’ve heard? This book packs an incredible amount of information into its 248 pages, yet somehow is still easily read – this is the true marvel of this book.
The illustrated version is worth the extra money. It contains many updates and additions throughout the book by Hawking (including the time travel chapter!). Every (and I mean every) concept throughout the book is accompanied by at least one illustration – think about it: 240 color illustrations with only 248 pages!
Towards the middle of the book, some of the concepts get more complex (when he really gets into the details of sub-atomic particles). However, as a recent high school graduate, I can say with some level of certainty that the average person can understand 90% of this book – and those parts are the most interesting! It will change the way you look at the universe.