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“It’s a book every thinking person worried about humanity’s future should read. . . . Hawking’s parting gift to humanity.”—NPR
 
“[Hawking is] a symbol of the soaring power of the human mind.”The Washington Post
 
“Hawking’s final message to readers . . . is a hopeful one.”—CNN
 
“[Brief Answers to the Big Questions offers] brisk, lucid peeks into the future of science and of humanity.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“Hawking pulls no punches on subjects like machines taking over, the biggest threat to Earth, and the possibilities of intelligent life in space.”—Quartz
 
Brief Answers is effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and—where it matters—witty.”—The Guardian
 
“This beautiful little book is a fitting last twinkle from a new star in the firmament above.”The Telegraph

About the Author

Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His books for the general reader include My Brief History, the classic A Brief History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universes, The Universe in a Nutshell, and, with Leonard Mlodinow, A Briefer History of Time and The Grand Design. He also co-authored a series of children’s books with his daughter, beginning with George’s Secret Key to the Universe. Stephen Hawking died in 2018.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bantam; Illustrated edition (October 16, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1984819194
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1984819192
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.62 x 0.87 x 8.15 inches
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2.0 out of 5 stars Errors in the book.
By ARSHID PANDIT on November 2, 2018
I am a big fan of Stephen Hawking, but it seems this book was rushed through. On Page 73 looks like who ever wrote this, does not have any idea about the structure of DNA. It says the two Chains in the helix are linked by nucleic acids and further mentions that there are four types of nucleic acids- adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine; these are actually called as bases. While as the actual nucleic acids are deoxribonucleic acid (DNA) and Ribinucleic acid(RNA).
Also negative 270.4 degree Centigrade is equal to negative 454.7 degree F.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel through the insight of a cosmic pioneer
By Han Dong Kwan on October 18, 2018
As a teenager with good grades in maths and science at school, "a brief history of time" seriously rocked my brain and made me fall in love with physics in the late 80s. Currently I hold a master's degree in physics and I am now in my mid 40s. I am thankful to Prof Hawkings for once again creating this masterpiece where he has summarized his life long research into a book so easy to understand and appreciate.

Set your mind free and travel through the grand cosmic time and space as Prof Hawkings reveals answers to puzzles and paradoxes set to us by our universe. Does he have THE ANSWER? Maybe not but you can't go wrong getting some insights into the mind of one of the greatest pioneer in physics of our lifetime.
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Michael Yerbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
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5.0 out of 5 stars If what you want is Brief Answers to the Big Questions, this is the book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely tribute
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fabulous Stephen Hawking read!
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