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“Ferguson shines at explaining Hawking’s theories, the jovially competitive academic world in which they are hammered out and her subject’s distinctive and evolving intellectual style…An irresistible story. His puckish humor and exuberance for life and for ideas are infectious even at a remove. And the ideas themselves could not ask for a better elucidator.”--Laura Miller, Salon
“Intelligent and readable… Kitty Ferguson is astonishing in her own right…. She is a careful explicator not only of [Hawkings’] ideas but of the context in which they arose.”--Sara Lippincott, The Los Angeles Times
“Ferguson replaces the iconic but static image of cosmologist Hawking with flesh and blood in this vivid portrait… Through interviews with Hawking and his colleagues, friends, and family, Ferguson builds a complete picture of Hawking’s life, from his tireless work to explain our universe to his notorious driving, playful appearances on Star Trek, The Simpsons, and other shows, campaigning to improve the lives of the disabled, and his family life, with special attention to his relationship with his first wife, Jane, whose sacrifices allowed him to focus on his work. In the end, Ferguson captures the very full life and work of one of the most vibrant minds of our time.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Ferguson brilliantly updates her 1991 children's biography of Stephen Hawking for an adult audience . . . Her ability to write clearly about scientific issues using metaphor rather than mathematics makes this an excellent introduction to astrophysics for the interested layman. A fascinating portrait of a complex figure who ponders the place of man and God in the universe and who still loves the 'Eureka moment of discovering something that no one knew before.'" --Kirkus Reviews
“Kitty Ferguson gives a thorough account of Hawking the man, as well as of his extraordinary body of work in cosmology. [She has] a flair for the original which makes much of the tome highly readable. There are excellently clear descriptions of the large issues and precious few off-putting mathematics and equations...Ferguson pitches the balance between Hawking’s personal life and an explanation of his work about right.”--Greg Jamison, Entertainment Focus
“As both a global icon and an innovative theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking is well served by science writer Kitty Ferguson’s fascinating biography. Ferguson explains in accessible terms the major themes that Hawking has explored in his career, and creates a portrait of the private man by drawing on her close personal contact with him and his family. … Ferguson’s sympathetic and informed take on an individual who has enriched human knowledge against the odds is an excellent summing-up, as Hawking approaches his 70th birthday, of his unique and creative contribution to both science and humanity.” –George Ellis, Nature
“More than a biography … a brave attempt to chart the life of the celebrated physicist in parallel with his astounding and important work…. Ferguson has spent a lot of time with Hawking and as a scientist she attempts to explain in lay terms the fundamental concepts of Hawking’s vast and amazing body of work.”--Bertrams
Kitty Ferguson has been writing and lecturing about science and scientists for over two decades, making the language and concepts of physics and cosmology understandable for audiences without a scientific background. Her 1991 biography of Stephen Hawking, written with his encouragement and help, was an international best-seller. She was a consultant for Hawking’s book The Universe in a Nutshell. Kitty is the author of seven books including The Fire in the Equations and The Music of Pythagoras. She has also been interviewed by Forbes Magazine, PBS, “News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” and the BBC. She lectures widely in North America, and her appearances have included the Goddard Space Flight Center, the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, The Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and many universities. Kitty and her husband divide their time between Cambridge, England and South Carolina.
In conclusion, this book gives us a vivid portrait of both Stephen Hawking and his science!!
And if you never even knew the name Hawking before tripping over this listing, you should get it and read it if it sounds at all like something you'd enjoy.
One of the side effects of this book is that the reader comes to understand much better the interplay of theoretical and experimental physics.
A very difficult read. I could not get past chapter 3 and I have had 6 years of college, love Stephen Hawking, was interested in learning about him, and find string theory to be... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Molly Block
Kitty Ferguson has written both a succinct biography of a fascinating character and a good explanation for the layman of some of the most far-out science any of us are likely to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Lieblich
Hawking is one of the most interesting people of the world. His mind and his life and how he has lived it are simply fascinating.Published 12 months ago by Shirley Sacks
Excellent. Well written and understandable about life and career of this person. Took me time as I read other things in between but well worth investmentPublished 13 months ago by grace
My husband and I worked in Cambridge in the 1990's. On our last night, as we walked down a dark drive to our hotel near the Isaac Newton Bridge, here comes Stephen Hawking's... Read morePublished 13 months ago by S. Thompson
I loved this book. It is well written : inspiring in it's description of the live of Hawking and educating in the review of the scientific evolution in the Hawking-era.Published on December 19, 2012 by roweski
All things come together. This book plays and important part. Companion book to "Stephen Hawking and the Mind of God(Postmodern Encounters), written eleven years apart. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by browser6
Kitty Fergusson has done a really good job of giving an up close look at arguably the greatest mind of the 20th and 21st century. A lot of amusing anedotes in this book. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by Garry Beach