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Starred Review. In the 17 years since the publication of A Brief History of Time, Dr. Hawking's bestselling exposition of physics, new data from particle physics and observational astronomy have shed light on efforts to find a Grand Unified Theory of Everything that Hawking and Mlodinow use to enhance and update their answers to basic questions about the universe: where it's going and how it began. Discussed at length are the mysterious dark matter and dark energy-both of which can only be observed by their gravitational effects and are believed to make up 90 percent of the universe. Another area of research that has exploded in the past 20 years is string theory. Hawking and Mlodinow provide one of the most lucid discussions of this complex topic ever written for a general audience. Readers will come away with an excellent understanding of the apparent contradictions and conundrums at the forefront of contemporary physics. Recognizing that much of their audience will also be science fiction buffs, they include a chapter on the possibility of time travel. "Don't bet on it," the authors advise. Throughout these discussions, the authors maintain the same wry, lively tone that made the original Brief History such a delight. They close with a discussion of where physics ends and philosophy begins, "Why does the universe exist at all?" They cannot provide the answer, but they do provide an immense amount of food for thought. Highly recommended.
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Hawking's A Brief History of Time, published in 1988, was a surprise best-seller but a tough read for most people who tackled it. Hawking received many requests for a version that would make his discussion of deep questions about the universe more accessible. This book does that. Hawking and Mlodinow, a physicist turned science writer, proceed by small and careful steps from the early history of astronomy to today's efforts to construct a grand unified theory of the universe.
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Purchased for a gift and my nephew loved it. Explains complicated concepts in an easy-to-understand way.Published 3 days ago by Sputnik
My first venture into cosmology and physics. After seeing the movie "The Theory of Everything" I was compelled to explore Hawking's work. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jim Wendling
Interested in understanding what theory of relativity is, how gravity can actually bend time or if wormholes can really exist but don't want to be bothered with the math? Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kazi Abdullah Saikat
For those of us who occasionally look up at the stars and wonder what is out there, Professor Hawking has tried to explain what is out there and how it functions - or at least a... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jim Kaness
This book is a must read. It explains the concepts in a much simpler way. It also points out that there is much work to be done.Published 23 days ago by DM
Excellent book for someone, like me, who wants a basic understanding and not too technical. The examples are a great help.Published 25 days ago by CR
I had recently read the previous book from Mr Hawking. When I saw this one I figured I better get updated also.Published 1 month ago by Rick Ferro
It was a fantastic book that I highly recommend to all that love science, but do not want to wade through high level calculus to understand the the concepts being discussed.Published 1 month ago by Frank