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A Briefer History of Time.


Stephen Hawking became a household name with the release of his highly successful book A Brief History of Time. In it, Hawking introduced everyday readers to the concepts of general relativity, the space-time continuum, quantum theory, and the Big Bang. This new book is a response to people who wanted even clearer, more concise explanations of these fascinating ideas. The authors have taken the opportunity to update information on the evolving body of knowledge about the universe. Much of the book is devoted to the two basic theories that describe the cosmos: the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Mathematician Hawking and physicist Mlodinow explain what modern physics reveals about the expanding universe, the formation of black holes, and the possibility of interdimensional worm holes and time travel. The book also includes an explanation of string theory, updates on the Hubble Space Telescope and the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite, and a helpful glossary. To round out a wide range of topics in a small book, the authors include brief biographies of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Galileo Galilei. Bantam, 2005, 176 p., color photos, hardcover, $25.00.
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Title Annotation:book by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 8, 2005
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