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The Illustrated "A Brief History of Time" and "The Universe in a Nutshell" Paperback – June 7, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Updated & Expanded edition (June 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307291227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307291226
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Martin Schmid on January 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
The illustration are amazing !!!!. It really help you to understand better the concepts, I have read very few books with such ilustrations.

At the same time, Stephen Hawking explains the concept in a very simple way that any non-scientific person can understand.

I fully recommend this book.

Regards
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I read this book for a physics class and I was really scared that I wouldn't understand anything. I also did not know how physics would be applied to things in outer space. I was very happy to find out that it lacked complicated equations and attempted to explain in simple terms things like black holes, the p-brain, galaxies, the possibilities for extraterrestrial life and other physics related topics. Simple language was used for the most part and when more complex things were introduced, many pictures were shown. In fact the pictures make the book. The author has a sense of humor with several jokes that lighten up the reading as well.

One of my favorite parts of the book was probably the first chapter that gives a biography of Einstein. He then references Einstein and Newton throughout the book explaining their different theories and discoveries. The black hole section was also very interesting learning the physics of how they exist and work. Now I understand a little better the physics behind Star Wars and other sci-fi movies.

It was a fun book to read that I would recommend to anyone looking for a lighter physics read where they want to learn a little more about things that they have always heard about, but were afraid to research because they might only find things that were over their head.
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I had meant to get the full version but ended up with the "nutshell" version instead. As someone who has a degree in physics this book represents nothing new to me, but presents the findings of modern cosmology in a logical, accessible way that I am sure everyone can benefit from. The book is aimed at the lay person (there are no fancy equations) who may not know what scientists currently have found about the universe.
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I think I understood about 4.7% of these books (The Universe in a Nutshell is basically the same book as A Brief History of Time, only slightly more accessible, briefer, and slightly more focused on things such a time travel, extraterrestrial life, and human evolution, that is, the stuff of "science fiction"). From what I gather, it all boils down to this line from Doctor Who: "Most people think that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but, really, from a nonlinear, nonsubjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbley wobbley timey wimey stuff." Fascinating, mind-warping book that explains the nature of the universe, from the cosmos to the microcosms, the nature of black holes, light, and time itself. But, as I said, not exactly accessible to the lay person. Without the illustration, impossible to understand. Grade: B+
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If you're only going to get one book on the astro world, want to find out if the field is interesting enough to persue further or want to learn what seems like quite a lot of knowledge, this is the book to get.

Improved over previous versions. Excellent pictures. Expensive looking. Amateur appeal; pro content.

I'm not formally educated in this subject at all, so I can attest to it's accuracy, but having read other books by Greene, Tyson, etc, I'd say this book through the use of explanations in words and pictures, is able to explain a pretty good chunk of what might be going on in the "outer" world.

Personally... i think it's all about spinning magnets.
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I'm a science nerd by nature, but not a physicist by any stretch of the imagination. I love learning about spacetime and our place in the physical universe, but advance level physics courses and textbooks can be a bit of a dry read. (I know, shocking right? Who knew?)

I found This double volume of Steven Hawking books to be more valuable than any science course I had ever taken in my life. Hawking has a remarkable ability to convey high level science into terms understandable to the untrained science enthusiast. And he manages to do so with humor to make the reading more lighthearted.

Where this edition of these classic books differs is their illustrations. Reading about things like how massive objects warps space-time to create gravity and speed up time would be rather difficult. But Hawking's writings in combination with the illustrations make it very easy to grasp the explanations about the fundamental constructs of the universe.

I have read through this book about 3 times now and every time I do I feel more connected with the universe around me, as if the more I understand it the more I become a part of it. It doesn't just teach you thinks like time dilation, but explains why time dilation occurs, and most importantly how that impacts you. That's when you start to really get a feel for your place in the universe.

I HIGHLY recommend this book, and specifically this illustrated version of the book, for anyone who wants to really understand the physical universe we live in. What it was like when it started, how it got to be what it is now, and why things interact the way they do. It's all covered.
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