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Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science, Second Edition
     

Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science, Second Edition

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by Michael White, John Gribbin
 

Originally published in 1992 to great acclaim, this updated edition traces the course of Hawking's life and science, successfully marrying biography and physics to tell the story of a remarkable man.

Stephen Hawking is no ordinary scientist. With a career that began over thirty years ago at Cambridge University, he has managed to do more than perhaps any other

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Originally published in 1992 to great acclaim, this updated edition traces the course of Hawking's life and science, successfully marrying biography and physics to tell the story of a remarkable man.

Stephen Hawking is no ordinary scientist. With a career that began over thirty years ago at Cambridge University, he has managed to do more than perhaps any other scientist to broaden our basic understanding of the universe. His theoretical work on black holes and his progress in advancing our knowledge of the origin and nature of the cosmos have been groundbreaking—if not downright revolutionary.

Stephen Hawking has also spent much of his adult life confined to a wheelchair, a victim of ALS, a degenerative motor neuron disease. Clearly his physical limitations have done nothing to confine him intellectually. He simply never allowed his illness to hinder his scientific development. In fact, many would argue that his liberation from the routine chores of life has allowed him to focus his efforts more keenly on his science.

Hawking certainly would have been remarkable for his cutting edge work in theoretical physics alone. However, he has also managed to popularize science in a way unparalleled by other scientists of his stature. He became a household name, achieving almost cult-like fame, with the release of his best-selling book, A Brief History of Time. Although steeped in the potentially overwhelming complexities of cosmology, he succeeded in selling millions of copies to audiences eager to learn even some of what he has to offer.

Science writers White and Gribbin have skillfully painted a portrait of an indefatigable genius and a scientific mind that seemingly knows no bounds. Knitting together clear explanations of Hawking's science with a detailed personal history that is both balanced as well as sensitive, we come to know—and appreciate—both.

As Stephen Hawking's new book, The Universe in a Nutshell, hits the best-seller lists, it is the ideal time for readers to learn more about this remarkable man and his vast body of accomplishments.

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A successful merger of biography and physics...—Time Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309084109
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
08/20/2002
Edition description:
New
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.90(d)

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Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science, Second Edition 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good, professional biography of Stephen Hawking. It is generally very objective and informative, though sometimes it is a little over-defensive of Dr. Hawking or off-topic, but not so much that it becomes a problem. Overall it is very good. The best part of the book is the interesting way that every other chapter tries to explain the science behind Dr. Hawking's work. These chapters can be hard to understand, but only because the science itself is difficult. The authors seem very knowledgeable and do an excellent job of explaining the science. This edition is also much more up-to-date than the previous one.