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 to A Briefer History of Time . Hawking’s publisher Bantam Books was aware the title had been used in a popular science book, but went ahead since “The other book was published six years ago,

In 2004 the author released the book under a creative commons license , CC BY-NC-ND 1.0, [6] as free download on his website.


Laughing while learning is the intent of Schulman’s book. The book shows why, even though the Universe is expanding, it does not 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


  1. Jump up^ Publishers Weekly , Volume 244, Issue 32 (August 10, 1998).
  2. Jump up^ Science News , Volume 155, Number 22 (May 29, 1999).
  3. Jump up^ Mercury Magazine, Volume 29, Number 2 (March / April 2000).
  4. Jump up^ Hill, Paul. Times Higher Education Supplement (May 27, 2005).
  5. Jump up^ Walden, Celia. The Daily Telegraph(May 31, 2005).
  6. Jump up^ A Briefer History of Time”CC BY-ND-NC 1.0″ (archived 2004)

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