The title says it all and is probably the best summary of this exciting and entirely accessible popular physics book. A BRIEFER HISTORY OF TIME is both an update on and a more succinct, briefer version of Hawking's best-selling original work, A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME. In a whirlwind review of man's scientific exploration of the working of the universe, Hawking and his co-author Mlodinow summarize our knowledge of the evolution of the universe from its earliest beginnings to today and bring a curious reader up to date on the state of the theories that, for now at least, best describe such complex, mystifying cosmological material as dark matter, black holes, worm holes, the difficulties of combining quantum mechanics and general relativity into a single mathematical formulation, string theory and even the possibility, however remote, of time travel.
It's simply a given that someone who is interested in physics would find such material interesting and exciting. So it remains only to say that the achievement in writing such a fine book is to make the material accessible to mere mortal readers whose intellect simply can't compete with the likes of Stephen Hawking. With a wonderful combination of text and enlightening accompanying illustrations, A BRIEFER HISTORY OF TIME easily clears that standard and deserves a place in any interested reader's popular science library.