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Stephen Hawking : a life in science /
Michael White and John Gribbin.
edition
New updated ed.
imprint
Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, c2002.
description
xi, 348 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
0309084105 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, c2002.
isbn
0309084105 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
The day Galileo died -- Classical cosmology -- Going up -- Doctors and doctorates -- From black holes to the big bang -- Marriage and fellowship -- Singular solutions -- The breakthrough years -- When black holes explode -- The foothills of fame -- Back to the beginning -- Science celebrity -- When the universe has babies -- A brief history of time -- The end of physics? -- Hollywood, fame and fortune -- A brief history of time travel -- Stephen Hawking, superstar.
catalogue key
4737196
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael White is a former science editor of GQ. In a previous incarnation he was a member of the Thompson Twins, and then a science lecturer before becoming a full-time science writer in 1991 He lives in Perth, Australia, with his wife and their three children Dr. John Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at the University of Cambridge before becoming a full-time science writer. He has worked for the science journal Nature and the magazine New Scientist, and has contributed articles on science topics to The Times, the Guardian, and the Independent. John Gribbin has received awards for his writing in both Britain and the United States and is currently a visiting Fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2003-03-01:
When Hawking's Brief History of Time (CH, Jul'88) appeared in 1988 it sold out immediately, first in this country and then in Britain. By now, several million copies have been sold. It was an event unique in the history of publishing: the crippled genius in a wheelchair puts aside his calculations to share his thoughts with the common reader. Now that the aura has slightly dimmed, this new edition of a 1992 book (CH, Dec'92) sets out to show how natural talent combined with immense willpower have enabled Hawking to live a surprisingly active and interesting life and at the same time be a distinguished astrophysicist. It tries hard to express abstract concepts in ordinary language and tells enough about Hawking's relations with the world for readers to grasp that living close to such determination is not always easy. A story of courage and an antidote to a reputation that through no fault of Hawking's has become somewhat inflated. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates; professionals; two-year technical program students. D. Park emeritus, Williams College
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Originally published in 1992 to great acclaim, this updated edition traces the course of Hawking's life and science, successfully marrying biography and physics to tell the story of a remarkable man. Stephen Hawking is no ordinary scientist. With a career that began over thirty years ago at Cambridge University, he has managed to do more than perhaps any other scientist to broaden our basic understanding of the universe. His theoretical work on black holes and his progress in advancing our knowledge of the origin and nature of the cosmos have been groundbreaking-if not downright revolutionary. Stephen Hawking has also spent much of his adult life confined to a wheelchair, a victim of ALS, a degenerative motor neuron disease. Clearly his physical limitations have done nothing to confine him intellectually. He simply never allowed his illness to hinder his scientific development. In fact, many would argue that his liberation from the routine chores of life has allowed him to focus his efforts more keenly on his science. Hawking certainly would have been remarkable for his cutting edge work in theoretical physics alone. However, he has also managed to popularize science in a way unparalleled by other scientists of his stature. He became a household name, achieving almost cult-like fame, with the release of his best-selling book, A Brief History of Time.Although steeped in the potentially overwhelming complexities of cosmology, he succeeded in selling millions of copies to audiences eager to learn even some of what he has to offer. Science writers White and Gribbin have skillfully painted a portrait of an indefatigable genius and a scientific mind that seemingly knows no bounds. Knitting together clear explanations of Hawking's science with a detailed personal history that is both balanced as well as sensitive, we come to know-and appreciate-both. As Stephen Hawking's new book, The Universe in a Nutshell,hits the best-seller lists, it is the ideal time for readers to learn more about this remarkable man and his vast body of accomplishments.
Description for Bookstore
Originally published in 1992 to great acclaim, this updated edition traces the course of Hawking’s life and science, successfully marrying biography and physics to tell the story of a remarkable man. Stephen Hawking is no ordinary scientist. With a career that began over thirty years ago at Cambridge University, he has managed to do more than perhaps any other scientist to broaden our basic understanding of the universe. His theoretical work on black holes and his progress in advancing our knowledge of the origin and nature of the cosmos have been groundbreaking-if not downright revolutionary. Stephen Hawking has also spent much of his adult life confined to a wheelchair, a victim of ALS, a degenerative motor neuron disease. Clearly his physical limitations have done nothing to confine him intellectually. He simply never allowed his illness to hinder his scientific development. In fact, many would argue that his liberation from the routine chores of life has allowed him to focus his efforts more keenly on his science. Hawking certainly would have been remarkable for his cutting edge work in theoretical physics alone. However, he has also managed to popularize science in a way unparalleled by other scientists of his stature. He became a household name, achieving almost cult-like fame, with the release of his best-selling book, A Brief History of Time.Although steeped in the potentially overwhelming complexities of cosmology, he succeeded in selling millions of copies to audiences eager to learn even some of what he has to offer. Science writers White and Gribbin have skillfully painted a portrait of an indefatigable genius and a scientific mind that seemingly knows no bounds. Knitting together clear explanations of Hawking’s science with a detailed personal history that is both balanced as well as sensitive, we come to know-and appreciate-both. As Stephen Hawking’s new book, The Universe in a Nutshell,hits the best-seller lists, it is the ideal time for readers to learn more about this remarkable man and his vast body of accomplishments.
Unpaid Annotation
Knitting together clear explanations of Hawking's science with a detailed personal history that is both balanced as well as sensitive, readers come to know--and appreciate--both. As Hawking's new book, "The Universe in a Nutshell, " hits the bestseller lists, it is the ideal time for readers to learn more about this remarkable man and his vast body of accomplishments.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Day Galileo Diedp. 1
Classical Cosmologyp. 21
Going Upp. 40
Doctors and Doctoratesp. 56
From Black Holes to the Big Bangp. 74
Marriage and Fellowshipp. 87
Singular Solutionsp. 104
The Breakthrough Yearsp. 117
When Black Holes Explodep. 135
The Foothills of Famep. 152
Back to the Beginningp. 175
Science Celebrityp. 187
When the Universe Has Babiesp. 207
A Brief History of Timep. 220
The End of Physics?p. 252
Hollywood, Fame, and Fortunep. 265
A Brief History of Time Travelp. 292
Stephen Hawking: Superstarp. 304
Notesp. 322
About the Authorsp. 329
Indexp. 331
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