Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book!
Readers worldwide have come to know the work of Stephen Hawling through his phenomenal bestseller, A Brief History of Time. Now, in his first collection of essays and other pieces - on subjects that range from the warmly personal to the wholly scientific - Stephen Hawking is revealed variously as the scientist, the man, the concerned world citizen, and - as always - the rigorous and imaginative thinker.
Whether he is remembering his first experience of nursery school; puncturing the arrogance of those who think science can best be understood only by other scientists and should be left to them; exploring the origins and the future of the universe; or reflecting on the phenomenon of A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking's wit, directness of style and absence of pomp are vital characteristics of all times.
About the Author
Stephen Hawking was a brilliant theoretical physicist and is generally considered to have been one of the world's greatest thinkers. He held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and is the author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. His other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Grand Design, and Black Holes: The BBC Reith Lectures. He died on 14 March, 2018 after initially being diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963 and being given two years to live. His ashes are interred in Westminster Abbey near the graves of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
"Is the universe going to expand into eternity or will everything collapse in one Big Crunch in which physical laws become meaningless? Stephen Hawking, author of the phenomenal bestseller A Brief History of Time, sheds light on the darkest regions of space and time and considers an extraordinary array of possibilities for our future?" - The Times
"Stephen Hawking has done it again. In A Brief History of Time he succeeded in interesting the widest possible audiences in the most abstract of theoretical astrophysics. Now he has once more broken out of the scientific ghetto to claim the intellectual and cultural high ground for science... Black Holes and Baby Universes takes us still further, almost over the limit... Turn to Stephen Hawking if you would look outward, to the ends of the universe." - Independent on Sunday
Preface - xiii
1. Childgood - 1
2. Oxford and Cambridge - 12
3. My Experience with ALS - 19
4. Public Attitudes Towards Science - 25
5. A Brief History of A Brief History - 29
6. My Position - 35
7. Is the End in Sight for Theoretical Physics? - 42
8. Einstein's Dream - 62
9. The Origin of the Universe - 77
10. The Quantum Mechanics of Black Holes - 91
11. Black Holes and Baby Universes - 104
12. Is Everything Determined? - 115
13. The Future of the Universe - 127
14. Desert Island Discs: An Interview - 142
Index - 163
ISBN: 9780553406634 ISBN-10: 0553406639 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 192 Published: 1st September 1994 Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 1