My Brief History

My Brief History

Book - 2013
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Stephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, perhaps the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inward for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.

 
My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking’s improbable journey, from his postwar London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty, and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him Einstein; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a particular black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of physics and cosmology.
 
Writing with characteristic humility and humor, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS at age twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onward through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A Brief History of Time—one of the iconic books of the twentieth century.
 
Clear-eyed, intimate, and wise, My Brief History opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking’s personal cosmos.

Baker & Taylor
The famous physicist details the events of his life and career, including attending Oxford and Cambridge, his ALS diagnosis, his study of black holes, and his penning of the bestselling "A Brief History of Time."

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2013]
Edition: Frist edition
ISBN: 9780345539137
9780345535283
0345535286
Branch Call Number: B HAWKING
Characteristics: pages cm

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sundanced Mar 16, 2018

A recommended read for anyone interested in the triumphs and challenges in the life of theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking. A wonderful book!

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writermala
Dec 21, 2017

I must confess when I picked up this book I thought it would be an account of Hawking's battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease.) However, it was almost halfway through the book that Hawking's first mentions his illness when he says, "When you are faced with the possibility of an early death,it makes you realize that life is worth living and there are lots of things you want to do." Indeed Hawking has lived a full life that anyone would be proud of. I did not understand all the Mathematics and Physics in his description of his research into cosmology but I'm looking forward to rereading the book so that perhaps I may understand it better.That is something I would recommend. Get your own copy so that you may keep reading it. It is definitely worthwhile.

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Eleusis
Oct 12, 2015

Excellent, give us an overview of his life and achievements. This short book let you have a peek inside his mind, and therefore see how deep and important his theories are.

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jescar82
Feb 03, 2014

This is a short, easy to understand book about one of the greatest minds in our universe. In this book Mr. Hawking tells us of his life story from his early childhood to present day. He does speak at some length about black holes, the big bang, time travel, etc.

I would recommend the book for ages 12 and up.

eileencartwright Nov 04, 2013

too technical

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Yonas_Beyene
Nov 05, 2015

Yonas_Beyene thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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