A Brief History of Time
From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Introduced by Martin Rees
Spectacular colour images illustrate this highly acclaimed exploration of space and time.
In the 28 years since its first publication, A Brief History of Time has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with more than 9 million copies in 40 languages sold worldwide. Hawking’s succinct style, coupled with a desire to reveal the elegance behind staggering scientific concepts, has illuminated the secrets of the universe for countless inquisitive readers.
‘What do we know about the universe, and how do we know it? Where did the universe come from, and where is it going? Did the universe have a beginning, and if so, what happened before then?’ Starting with Aristotle, Ptolemy and the birth of physics, Hawking proceeds to tackle the biggest questions about our universe and the nature of time. He deals with Einstein’s theory of relativity, the expanding universe, the big bang, the big crunch, wormholes, black holes, cold stars, pulsars and time travel, and along the way he poses those questions that lie at the heart of human curiosity. Why, for example, do we remember the past and not the future? Is time travel possible and, if so, why haven’t we seen any travellers from the future? Ultimately, Hawking furthers the search for a single unifying theory – an equation that would fuse quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity, bringing us closer to ‘a complete description of the universe we live in’.
Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with printed paper sides
Set in Utopia
Frontispiece and 16 pages of colour and black & white plates
29 integrated black & white images
9½˝ x 6¼˝