Stephen Hawking made black holes palatable for the masses with his 1988 book A Brief History of Time, which had The New York Times pointing out that he is “bravely taking some of the first, though tentative, steps toward quantizing the early universe.”
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Date of Birth:
January 8, 1942
Place of Birth:
Albert Einstein Award, 1978; Britannica Award, 1989
|The Power of Speech|
|On the remarkable speech synthesizer that enables him to speak, Hawking told Business Week, "One's voice is very important. If you have a slurred voice, people are likely to treat you as mentally deficient." However, he joked, "the only trouble is that it gives me an American accent." |
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|A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes|
Declared "a jaunty overview of key cosmological ideas, past and present" by The New York Times Book Review, Hawking's groundbreaking explanation of the origins and nature of the universe laid his complex theories out for the benefit of the lay reader for the first time.
|Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything|
In her quite readable biography, Ferguson -- a former student and friend of Hawking's -- tempers her non-mathematical explanations of her mentor's studies in physics with fascinating episodes from his life story.
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