Big Idea: Hawking and Black Holes

Big Idea: Hawking and Black Holes

by Paul Strathern
     
 

Stephen Hawking is arguably the most famous scientist in the world, and many of us may know that black holes are his forte, but do we really have any idea what a black hole is? In this remarkably engaging book, Paul Strathern not only demystifies Hawking's universe-expanding theories, but helps readers appreciate why such knowledge is essential for anyone who wants

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Stephen Hawking is arguably the most famous scientist in the world, and many of us may know that black holes are his forte, but do we really have any idea what a black hole is? In this remarkably engaging book, Paul Strathern not only demystifies Hawking's universe-expanding theories, but helps readers appreciate why such knowledge is essential for anyone who wants to more fully understand the world around them.Just a few of the big ideas featured in Hawking & Black Holes are: how the universe originated and what this has to do with black holes how the big bang actually worked why black holes aren't actually black Is a Unified Theory of Everything possible (the ultimate Big Idea)?

Hawking & Black Holes also portrays the iron-willed determination of a man who continues to search for the key to understanding the cosmos, despite the devastating effects of motor neuron disease. Brilliantly simplifying the most complex ideas, Hawking & Black Holes will help you grasp the universe in ways you never thought possible.

Editorial Reviews

Chronicle Of Higher Education
Marie Curie has long been upheld as a standard of independence and achievement in a time of extreme chauvinism within the scientific community. She has often been cast as a secular saint who sacrificed her life for her contributions to science. The Big Idea is for anyone curious about the femal Einstein, and for those who want to understand her ground breaking contributions to nuclear physics--contributions that ultimately cost her her life.
Library Journal
These two volumes are the first in a new series of Anchor paperback originals devoted to brief biographies of noted scientists. They are evidently aimed at lay readers, and their presentation is basic enough to be accessible to high school students. Athough the vivid writing incorporates humorous touches, so much attention is given over to the personal lives and psychology of the subjects that little space is left to expound on their "big ideas." In addition, Strathern (Aristotle in 90 Minutes, LJ 11/1/96) displays at times an almost flippant attitude toward factual accuracy in the historical parts of his discussion. The fundamental concept of this series is very promising, as library patrons can always use high-quality popularizations, but its implementation in these first two volumes is disappointing on the whole.--Jack W. Weigel, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385492423
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Series:
Big Idea Series
Edition description:
1 ANCHOR
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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