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This article is about the 1999 science humor book by Eric Schulman. For the 2005 popular science book by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, see A Briefer History of Time (Hawking and Mlodinow book). A Briefer History of Time   Cover of A Briefer History of Time. Author(s) Eric Schulman Country United States Language English Subject(s) History of the Universe Genre(s) Science humor, Popular science Publisher W. H. Freeman and Company Publication date May 1999 Media type Print (trade paperback) Pages 171 pp ISBN 0716733897 LC Classification QB982 .S38 1999 A Briefer History of Time is a science humor book by the American astronomer Eric Schulman. In this book, Schulman presents humorous summaries of what he claims are the fifty-three most important events since the beginning of time. [1] [2] [3] The title and cover are a parody of Stephen Hawking's book A Brief History of Time. Coincidentally, Hawking would later write a "sequel" entitled A Briefer History of Time. Hawking's publisher Bantam Books was aware the title had already been used in a popular science book, but went ahead since "The other book was published six years ago, and Professor Hawking is an international figure." [4] [5] Laughing while learning is the intent of Schulman's book. The book shows why, even though the Universe is expanding, it doesn't get any easier to find a parking space. Furthermore, there is the pulp version of the origin of life ("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 . . . ."). Some more of the fifty-three most important events are: A Shakespearean account of the production of helium soon after the Big Bang, Assembly instructions for terrestrial proteins (including consumer safety warnings), A prospectus for potential investors in the Mammalia Class of animals, A dragnet-style investigation into the rise and fall of the Earth's first empire, and A ballad about the creation of the world-wide web. Contents Quantum Fluctuation Inflation Expansion Particle-Antiparticle Annihilation Deuterium and Helium Production Recombination Galaxy Formation Turbulent Fragmentation Massive Star Formation Stellar Evolution Iron Production Supernova Explosion Star Formation Planetary Differentiation Volatile Gas Expulsion Molecular Reproduction Protein Construction Fermentation Cell Differentiation Respiration Multicellular Organisms Sexual Reproduction Evolutionary Diversification Trilobite Domination Land Exploration Comet Collision Dinosaur Extinction Mammal Expansion Homo sapiens Manifestation Language Acquisition Glaciation Innovation Religion Animal Domestication Food Surplus Production Inscription Warring Nations Empire Creation and Destruction Civilization Constitution Industrialization World Conflagrations Fission Explosions Computerization Space Exploration Population Explosion Superpower Confrontation Internet Expansion Resignation Reunification World Wide Web Creation Composition Extrapolation Notes ^ Publisher's Weekly, Volume 244, Issue 32 (August 10, 1998). ^ Science News, Volume 155, Number 22 (May 29, 1999). ^ Mercury Magazine, Volume 29, Number 2 (March/April 2000). ^ Hill, Paul. Times Higher Education Supplement (May 27, 2005). ^ Walden, Celia. The Daily Telegraph (May 31, 2005). This article about a comedy or humo(u)r book is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e This article about a science book is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e