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An accessible biography on the life and work of one of the most famous and influential scientists of the last forty years, Stephen Hawking.

Table of Contents

Destiny's Child: An Auspicious Birth and Eclectic Childhood Scientist in Training: The Road to Oxford Tragedy and Triumph: Dissertation and Deadly Disease Children and Calculations: Family Man and Theoretician "Stephen's Changed Everything": Black Holes Aren't Black Caltech and Cambridge: Exploring New Horizons Einstein's Legacy: Quantum Gravity Physics or Metaphysics: The "No Boundary" Proposal In a Different Voice: Computers to the Rescue "The Best Selling Book No One Read": A Brief History of Time Endings and Beginnings: Marriages Die, Universes are Born To Boldly Go: Hollywood Calls Brains, Branes, and Stringy Black Holes: Zeroing in on the Theory of Everything Larger than Life: Scientist as Icon

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Kristine Larsen is Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University.


"[T]he story of his life.... is told with sympathy, and skilfully interwoven with the developments in Hawking's pioneering theories in cosmology, black holes in particular, and the search for the theory of everything... [A]n intriguing work. Early in her book, the author says that Hawking does not like biographies, so would probably not read this one. Want a bet?" - Gnomon
"In an elegant, pristine universe black holes are decidedly messy. Apprentice physicists may try to sweep them under the cosmic carpet and hope no one notices the lump. The masters, like Hawking, relish the messy bits, the structure of space-time, the no-boundary concept, the baby universe. Larsen makes such messy bits, and Hawking's expertise in straightening them out, accessible to general readers and sets the concepts within the framework of Hawking's career and personal life. As a result, along with explanations of the theory of everything we learn why Hawking turns up so much in the media as one of the greatest and certainly one of the most easily described physicists on the planet." - SciTech Book News
"His devilishly complex cosmological theories are handled engagingly in accessible language for the lay reader. [T]his is a touching portrait that will grace any bookshelf." - Astronomy Now
"[T]his is a well-written introduction to Hawking and his work that is worth having." - SB&F

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