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The Science Museum Stephen Hawking Genius at Work : Explore His Life, Mind and Science Through the Objects in His Study - Roger Highfield

The Science Museum Stephen Hawking Genius at Work

Explore His Life, Mind and Science Through the Objects in His Study

By: Roger Highfield

Hardcover | 12 March 2024 | Edition Number 1

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An intimate exploratory tour of Stephen Hawking's office, providing a unique insight into the mind of a genius, the things that inspired him and explanations of his seminal theories

A behind-the scenes tour of the inner sanctum of one of the world's most prominent scientific thinkers.

In 2021, the Science Museum made a once-in-a-lifetime acquisition of the contents of Stephen Hawking's office. This book delves into that remarkable collection, using the seminal papers, items and curiosities in his office to explain his theories and reveal more about one of the greatest minds in modern science. It's an unprecedented glimpse into the life of the best-known scientist of modern times.

Artefacts include-
- A Simpsons bomber jacket gifted to him following his appearance on the show
- A copy of Hawking's PhD thesis- Properties of an Expanding Universe
- His blackboard, where he debated ideas and doodled with his contemporaries
- Scientific bets made with colleagues to prove (and sometimes disprove) his theories
- His Permobil F3 wheelchair and communications systems
- Hawking's Franklin medal and his CBE.

About the Author

Roger Highfield is an author, journalist, broadcaster, and Science Director at the Science Museum Group. He is a member of the Medical Research Council and Visiting Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Oxford and University College London. Prior to his work at the Science Museum Group, he was the editor of New Scientist and the science editor of the Daily Telegraph. He has written or co-authored eight popular science books, and edited J. Craig Venter’s autobiography,A Life Decoded (Allen Lane/Viking, 2007), which was shortlisted for the Royal Society’s Science Book Prize.

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