Following their New York Times-bestselling graphic novel Feynman, Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick deliver a gripping biography of Stephen Hawking, one of the most important scientists of our time.
From his early days at the St Albans School and Oxford, Stephen Hawking’s brilliance and good humor were obvious to everyone he met. A lively and popular young man, it’s no surprise that he would later rise to celebrity status.
At twenty-one he was diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative neuromuscular disease. Though the disease weakened his muscles and limited his ability to move and speak, it did nothing to limit his mind. He went on to do groundbreaking work in cosmology and theoretical physics for decades after being told he had only a few years to live. He brought his intimate understanding of the universe to the public in his 1988 bestseller, A Brief History of Time. Soon after, he added pop-culture icon to his accomplishments by playing himself on shows like Star Trek, The Simpsons, and The Big Bang Theory, and becoming an outspoken advocate for disability rights.
In Hawking, writer Jim Ottaviani and artist Leland Myrick have crafted an intricate portrait of the great thinker, the public figure, and the man behind both identities.
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||15 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Jim Ottaviani is a New York Times–bestselling author who began writing graphic novels about scientists in 1997. His books include The Imitation Game (a biography of Alan Turing), Primates (a biography about Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas), and Feynman (a biography about the Nobel prize–winning physicist, bongo-playing artist, and raconteur Richard Feynman).
Leland Myrick is the Ignatz Award– and Harvey Award–nominated author and illustrator of The Sweet Collection, Bright Elegy, Missouri Boy, and illustrator of the New York Times–bestseller Feynman. He has written and illustrated work for Dark Horse Comics, GQ Japan, Vogue Russia, and the Flight series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This graphic novel biography of Stephen Hawking did not limit itself to his life. It also spent time covering the history of his science and some of the development of the cosmological theories which he developed in his lifetime. The skill of the author us in the graphic novel as such a powerful medium for a biography is unsurprising considering that he has written several others explaining such things as the history of space flight, women in primatology, and (I recently found out and want to buy) Feynman. The main character was, of course Stephen Hawking, and the author and illustrator did a superb job of showing his physical decline while not making it (except of a few pages) a central figure in the book. The other major character was Hawking's first wife Jane and I found myself wondering at the amount of access that the author must have had. Jane was portrayed as truly in love and devoted to a man who was often distracted and nearly dismissive of her. Such is the skill of the graphic narrative that you can feel the the relationship descend into problems before ultimately ending in divorce without it being explicitly stated. To me, the book does an excellent job of portraying a life of an icon without idolization, of presenting difficult science understandably (as Hawking eventually was able to do himself), and of telling the story of an important physicist in a way that is approachable by people from early high school on up. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about Stephen Hawking than his brief stints on the Simpsons and Big Bang Theory. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read a prerelease version of this book.
I really enjoyed this graphic novel biography of Stephen Hawking! I am embarrassed to admit I didn't know much about him at all prior to reading this graphic novel. There are some concepts that were beyond me, but it wasn't too overwhelming. It was still an interesting read!