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The Science of Stephen Hawking

By John Gribbin

Although Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time has been described as the most unread book of all time, he was undoubtedly the most famous scientist of his generation.

Many people were more familiar with his life story than the details of his work. Therefore in this compelling essay, John Gribbin looks at the science behind the man; what Hawking did to earn global acclaim and the science that established his reputation among his peers. The brilliantly imaginative Hawking addressed many questions. How big is the universe? Can we travel backwards in time? Is there life beyond Earth?

John Gribbin’s succinct guide to the complex science behind the genius explains all this and more in straightforward language that aims to make the workings of the Universe accessible to all.

John Gribbin (born 19 March 1946) is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. In 1984, Gribbin published perhaps his best-known book, In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality. His writings include quantum physics, human evolution, climate change, global warming and the origins of the universe.

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