Summary of A Briefer History of Time

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A Briefer History of Time book summary
What we know about everything and how we know it.


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Stephen Hawking’s first edition of this book came out in 1988. It sold more than 10 million copies, but you might hesitate to try reading it, given the book’s universal ambition. Now, you can pick up this abbreviated, accessible revision with pleasure and anticipation. Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow smoothly explain the most profound questions about the physical world. They illustrate their points with brief stories, analogies and a cluster of images. The result is a compressed introduction to science, physics and cosmology, with sketches of key historical points. Even with clear explanations, the conceptual density can be challenging. Still, it’s the best explanation out there. getAbstract recommends this highly readable tour through the universe’s most compelling mysteries.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How modern scientific models of the universe developed,
  • How the structure of the universe evolved and
  • How contemporary science understands the universe.


Look Up in Wonder
Looking at the distant, mysterious stars raises the same questions that your ancient ancestors asked: “Where did the universe come from? Where is it going?” Is there a beginning and will there be an end? What is space and what is time?

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About the Authors

Physicist Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time, is director of research at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge. Physicist Leonard Mlodinow wrote Feynman’s Rainbow and The Drunkard’s Walk, among other books.

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