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By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow

ISBN-10: 0553385461

ISBN-13: 9780553385465


The technological know-how vintage made extra accessible
• extra concise • Illustrated

FROM probably the most extraordinary MINDS OF OUR TIME COMES A publication THAT CLARIFIES HIS most vital IDEAS
Stephen Hawking’s around the globe bestseller A short heritage of Time continues to be a landmark quantity in medical writing. yet for years readers have requested for a extra obtainable formula of its key concepts—the nature of area and time, the function of God in production, and the background and way forward for the universe. A Briefer heritage of Time is Professor Hawking’s response.

Although “briefer,” this ebook is far greater than an insignificant rationalization of Hawking’s past paintings. A Briefer heritage of Time either clarifies and expands at the nice topics of the unique, and documents the newest advancements within the field—from string conception to the hunt for a unified concept of the entire forces of physics. Thirty-seven full-color illustrations increase the textual content and make A Briefer heritage of Time a thrilling and must-have addition in its personal correct to the good literature of technology and ideas.

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