George's Secret Key to the Universe

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Doubleday, 2007 - Adventure and adventurers - 295 pages
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Take a rollercoaster ride through the vastness of space and, in the midst of an exciting adventure, discover the mysteries of physics, science and the universe with George, his new friends next door - the scientist Eric and his daughter, Annie - and a super-intelligent computer called Cosmos, which can take them to the edge of a black hole and back again. Or can it? And who else would like to get their hands on Cosmos? This is a funny and hugely informative romp through space, time and the universe.

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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

George's Secret Key to the Universe is a kids book that explains astrophysics to kids and gets them excited about science. George lives with his eco-friendly parents who hate science because ... Read full review

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User Review  - agaski3 - LibraryThing

I loved this book because it always had me laughing. I liked the authors' writing style because it is necessary to keep young (and old!) readers engaged while presenting these interesting science ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Lucy Hawking was born in England in 1970. After reading French and Russian at Oxford University, Lucy Hawking became a journalist. She has worked for New York Magazine and has written for the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times, and the London Evening Standard. She has also worked as a radio journalist. She has written two novels: Jaded (2004) and Run for Your Life (2005), which was also published as The Accidental Marathon. She and her father, Stephen Hawking, are the authors of the George series. The children's book series includes, George's Secret Key to the Universe, George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt, George and the Big Bang, George and the Unbreakable Code, George and the Blue Moon, and George and the Ship of Time. She is an administrative staff member of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at the University of Cambridge. She is the daughter of theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking. She lives in London.

Stephen William Hawking was born in Oxford, England on January 8, 1942. He received a first class honors degree in natural science from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He was a theoretical physicist and has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University from 1982 until his death. In 1974, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific organization. In 1963, he learned he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neuromuscular wasting disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The disease confined him to a wheelchair and reduced his bodily control to the flexing of a finger and voluntary eye movements, but left his mental faculties untouched. He became a leader in exploring gravity and the properties of black holes. He wrote numerous books including A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, Black Holes and Baby Universes, On the Shoulders of Giants, A Briefer History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, and The Grand Design. In 1982, he was named a commander of the British Empire. A film about his life, The Theory of Everything, was released in 2014 and was based on his first wife Jane Hawking's book Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. He died on March 14, 2018 at the age of 76.

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