The Illustrated A Brief History of Time / The Universe in a Nutshell - Two Books in One

by Stephen Hawking

Hardcover, 2007




Bantam Books, (2007)


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 observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic worlds. These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawking'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 universe's beginning and revealed wrinkles in the fabric of space-time that he had projected. Eager to bring his original text the new knowledge revealed by these many observations, as well as his most 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. This edition is enhanced throughout with more than 240 full-color illustrations, including satellite images, photographs made possible by spectacular technological advances such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and computer-generated images of three and four dimensional realities.… (more)

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LibraryThing member siafl
(A Brief History of Time)

A great account, and probably a good place to start into the world of modern physics for people with a background of such things. Probably not the easiest book to understand, but neither should the question of when and how does the universe begin and end be for the faint of
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heart. On the other hand, I don't think that Hawking here presents as much insight as one would've liked, and I am not sure if we all are so interested in knowing that he's keeping track of who's winning the Nobel Prize and who isn't (himself?). I find that bit a little annoying at times.
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LibraryThing member klarsenmd
A great overview of many interesting scientific principles for those of us who would love to understand physics and can't.
LibraryThing member wilson33934
This book is as good as its previous account, the brief history of time, or maybe better. This book makes use of the previous knowledge from the brief history and expands it more by adding more descriptive comments and interesting examples of theory of the universe. Although the book was great, it
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became more and more complex near at the half.
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LibraryThing member jfe16
This special double-book volume contains Professor Hawking’s updated and expanded edition [a new chapter on wormholes and time travel] of “A Brief History of Time,” all prepared to give readers the latest understanding of cosmology and the search for the heart of time and space. Filled with
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graphics, illustrations, and photographs, readers will find much to ponder as they travel through the magnificent wonders of the universe. Also included are mini-biographies Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton and an extensive glossary.

“The Universe in a Nutshell” seeks to reveal the secrets of the universe to the reader through an understanding of relativity and the shape of time. It goes on to discuss predicting the future, protecting the past, and an interesting look at whether or not our future resembles the one depicted in “Star Trek.” Again, charts, illustrations, and photographs accompany the narrative; an extensive glossary and suggested reading list follows.

There’s much to learn here, much to consider; Stephen Hawking’s inimitable style ensures readers will find both works comprehensible and intriguing. Take a journey through ages of scientific discovery with these extraordinary books that should be on everyone’s must-read list.

Highly recommended.
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