In the years since its publication in 1988, Stephen
Hawking's A Brief History of Time has established itself as
a landmark volume in scientific
writing. It has also become an international publishing
phenomenon, translated into forty languages and selling
over nine million copies.
The book was on the cutting edge of what was then known
about the nature of the universe, but since then there have
been extraordinary advances in the
technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic
world. These observations have confirmed many of Professor
Hawking's theoretical predictions
in the first edition of his book, including the recent
discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite
(COBE), which probed back in time to within 300,000 years
of the universe's beginning and revealed the wrinkles in
the fabric of space-time that he had projected.
Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge
revealed by these many observations, as well as his most
recent research, for this revised and expanded edition
Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book,
revised and updated the original chapters throughout, and
written an entirely new chapter on the fascinating subject
of wormholes and time travel.
In addition, to heighten understanding of complex concepts
that readers may have found difficult to grasp despite the
clarity and wit of Hawking's writing, this edition is
magnificently enhanced throughout with more than 240 full-
color illustrations, including satellite images,
photographs made possible by spectacular new technological
advances such as the Hubble telescope, and computer-
generated images of three- and four-dimensional realities.
Detailed captions clarify these illustrations, enabling
readers to experience the vastness of intergalactic space,
the nature of black holes, and the microcosmic world of
particle physics in which matter and antimatter collide.
A classic work that now brings to the reader the latest
understanding of cosmology, The Illustrated A Brief History
of Time is the story of the ongoing search for the
tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.