Stephen Hawking:: A Life in Science<br> Second Edition

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National Academies Press, Aug 20, 2002 - Science - 360 pages
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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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Review: Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science

User Review  - Andrej - Goodreads

Very interesting picture of Stephen's life and his work. Kindly recommend to read to everybody who is interested in astrophysics and Stephen's not easy life with ALS. Read full review

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User Review  - Adebayo Oyagbola - Goodreads

A man so afflicted in body yet so gifted in mind. A story of a courageous if sometimes wilful life. Read full review

About the author (2002)

Michael White is a former science editor for British "GQ "who has taught science at d'Overbroeck's College in Oxford. His other books include the international best-seller "Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science" (with John Gribbin), the award-winning "Isaac Newton: the Last Sorcerer, Life Out There," and "Weird Science," He is currently working on a book about scientific rivalry from Newton to Bill Gates. White lives with his wife and family near London.

John R. Gribbin (born 19 March 1946) is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings include quantum physics, human evolution, climate change, global warming, the origins of the universe, and biographies of famous scientists. He also writes science fiction. In 1984, Gribbin published In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality, the book that he is best known for, which continues to sell well even after years of publication. At the 2009 World Conference of Science Journalists, the Association of British Science Writers presented Gribbin with their Lifetime Achievement award.

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