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Stephen Hawking A Life in Science Paperback – International Edition, August 20, 2002

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"A gripping account of a physicist whose speculations could prove as revolutionary as those of Albert Einstein..." -- New Statesman & Society

"A successful merger of biography and physics..." -- Time Magazine

"Fascinating..." -- Spectator

"Immensely moving... totally gripping to read." -- Daily Telegraph

"Intriguing... There are larger questions here than the life even of this singular man..." -- -- The Times

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Michael White and John Gribbin
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Product Details

  • Series: Joseph Henry Press Books
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Joseph Henry Press; Updated edition (August 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309084105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309084109
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,975,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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--This is a story about one man who has changed man's view on the universe, about one man who miraculously survives......

Spending more than twenty years of life on a wheelchair, Stephen Hawking has revealed the most intriguing part of the whole universe, through his groundbreaking discovery in black holes. Considered "the successor of Einstein", Hawking attempted to combine quantum mechanics and relativity, two contradictory theories, breaking a new path for scientists to reveal the nature of physics. But perhaps the most fascinating part of Hawking's miracle is his fight and resistance to his illness, which, according to the doctors, would have ended his life by the age of 21. Despite huge difficulties of moving and speaking, Hawking has never given up himself, and neither has his wife, Jane, who helped Hawking go through the most difficult time of his life. The authors are inspired by Hawking's tenacity and spirit, and also will every one who will read Hawking's life through this book. After reading the book, one would understand, as what the authors hope, what contribute to Hawking's success--not only his genius and incisive intuition, but also fortitude and a positive attitude toward life. This book perfectly blends theories of physics and the universe with Hawking's life, depicting a colorful and unique picture to help understand the indefatigable scientist.
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The story of Stephen Hawking that is told in the book is not only extremely informative but also very Physics based. The motivations for the author to write the story are obvious, due to famous nature of the subject that is Stephen Hawking. And the reason for being famous is different to just about every other situation possibly imaginable. The reason for reading this book is not confined to those that are interested in Physics. The book is written in a nature that allows all people to read and understand it. it show people where Stephen Hawking had been and what he had done before he become disabled from his disease, as well as allowed people to better understand and appreciate him as a person in society growing up and not as someone that was different from all other people. it can give some hope to those that do not believe that they will be able to do something with there lives and allows the idea of a chance of success
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When I first heard of Stephen Hawking, he had already reached his pinnacle of fame. It was the standard draft: "Have you heard of Hawking? He's disabled, nothing left but his mind, but oh! What a mind!" Stephen Hawking A Life in Science filled in the life behind the mind, but it goes further to share the science in the context of physics thought of the modern age. In ways, this book is more accessible than the explanations of A Brief History of Time, providing and illustrative that makes the other approachable. I appreciated the context of pop culture, and Hawking's rise to Hollywood fame. I really enjoyed the entire book. If you have a mind for science and the advancement of theory, so will you.
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I thought that it was the life of the character but from the point of view of combating his terrible disease. Or his achievements despite this disease. I thought it was going to be an inspiring story. But it really is the story of his life as a scientist and their achievements as a physicist. It's like reading the biography of Einstein or Newton but from the perspective of how they were making their discoveries. If that is you want to read this book is good. If what you want is the story of a man struggling against adversity also can serve but not so much.
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Stephen Hawking A Life In Science by Michael White and John Gibbons does a fantastic job of combining both the story of Stephen Hawkings's life and in depth explanations of his scientific work and findings. The story of Hawking's life is told starting from his very early childhood and progress through his schooling and career. The book discusses the people and events in Hawking's early life that influenced him to work in the field of Cosmology. The book also addresses the discoveries and theories that Hawking developed in his studies. The theories are explained in plenty of detail but the authors do a good job in making them as easy to understand a possible. The story of Hawking's life itself is truly amazing because of the significant discoveries he made despite his disability. The book is worth while fro anyone who want s to learn about Stephen Hawking and wants to learn a bit about his discoveries and why they are significant. Although the authors do try to keep the explanations simple, there are some parts that are hard to understand without a decent knowledge of physic's principles. Even so, the book is still well written and the story it tells is fascinating.
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