From the Big Bang to the evolution of humans to the resignation of Richard Nixon, A Briefer History of Time is a highly irreverent, historically entertaining, and scientifically accurate overview of the 53 most important cosmic milestones of the last 14 billion years.
You'll learn why--even though the Universe is expanding--it never gets any easier to find a parking place. And Martha Stellar will show you how to make a star. And you'll read a classic potboiler account of the origin of life on Earth ("It was a dark and stormy night. In the shallow tide pool, a nucleic acid base collided with a sugar molecule. An amino acid sank beneath the murky depths . . . .")
I decided to try to write a popular book about the history of the universe after I participated in the Seventh First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony at Harvard University in...