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Stephen Hawking: A Biography

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"His devilishly complex cosmological theories are handled engagingly in accessible language for the lay reader.… [T]his is a touching portrait that will grace any bookshelf." –Astronomy Now

Stephen Hawking is arguably the most famous physicist since Albert Einstein. His decades-long struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), combined with his singular brilliance as a cosmologist, has fascinated both the public and his colleagues in science.
In this engagingly written biography, ...

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Overview

"His devilishly complex cosmological theories are handled engagingly in accessible language for the lay reader.… [T]his is a touching portrait that will grace any bookshelf." –Astronomy Now

Stephen Hawking is arguably the most famous physicist since Albert Einstein. His decades-long struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), combined with his singular brilliance as a cosmologist, has fascinated both the public and his colleagues in science.
In this engagingly written biography, Kristine Larsen, a physicist and astronomer herself, presents a candid and insightful portrait of Hawking’s personal and professional life. Avoiding the hero-worship sometimes found in popular works on Hawking, Larsen emphasizes that Hawking is first and foremost a scientist whose work has made significant contributions to our understanding of the nature and origins of the universe. Writing in nontechnical language for the lay reader, Larsen clearly explains Hawking’s complex scientific accomplishments, while telling the story of his challenging life.
Topics include Hawking’s early lack of focus as a college student; the impact of ALS on his career and personal life; his groundbreaking work on radiating black holes; his later cutting-edge theories of black holes, cosmology, and the anthropic principle; the amazing publishing success of A Brief History of Time; and his status as a pop icon and spokesperson for the interplay of science and society. Larsen situates Hawking’s sometimes-controversial work within the broader context of scientific peer review and public debate, and discusses his personal life with compassion, respect, and honesty.

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Astronomy Now
His devilishly complex cosmological theories are handled engagingly in accessible language for the lay reader.... [T]his is a touching portrait that will grace any bookshelf.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591025740
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 219,637
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristine M. Larsen (New Britain, CT), professor of physics and astronomy at Central Connecticut State University, is the author of Cosmology 101 and numerous articles in scholarly journals.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     7
Timeline     11
Destiny's Child: An Auspicious Birth and Eclectic Upbringing     21
Scientist in Training: The Oxford Years     29
Tragedy and Triumph: Deadly Disease and Dissertation     37
Children and Calculations: Family Man and Theoretician     51
"Stephen's Changed Everything": Black Holes Aren't Black     59
Caltech and Cambridge: Exploring New Horizons     69
Physics or Metaphysics?: The "No-Boundary" Proposal     81
Challenges and Controversy: An Unexpected Silence and Time's Arrows     95
The Best Selling Book That "No One Read": A Brief History of Time     107
To Boldly Go: Time Travel and Television     117
Plays, P-branes, and Polls: Private Lives and Public Pronouncements     129
Books and Bets: The Universe in a Nutshell and the End of a Paradox     145
Epilogue: Stephen Hawking: Man vs. Myth     157
Afterword     161
Appendixes
General Relativity and Cosmology     175
The Laws of Thermodynamics and Black Holes     183
Inflationary Cosmology     185
The AdS/CFT Correspondence     193
Glossary     195
Select Bibliography     203
Index     205
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