Stephen Hawking is one of the most remarkable figures of our time - a Cambridge genius who has earned international celebrity as a brilliant theoretical physicist and become an inspiration and revelation to those who have witnessed his courageous triumph over disability. This is Hawking's life story by Kitty Ferguson, who has had special help from Hawking himself and his close associates and who has a gift for translating the language of theoretical physics for non-scientists.
Twenty years ago, Kitty Ferguson's Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything became a Sunday Times bestseller and took the world by storm. She now returns to the subject to transform that short book into a hugely expanded, carefully researched, up to the minute biography, giving a rich picture of Hawking's childhood, the heartrending beginning of his struggle with Motor Neurone Disease when he was a first-year graduate student, his ever-increasing international fame, and his long personal battle for survival in pursuit of a scientific understanding of the universe. Throughout she also summarizes and explains to the layman the cutting-edge science in which Hawking has been engaged.
Published with text illustrations and with photographs that cover Hawking's life from his infancy to the present, Stephen Hawking is written with the clarity and simplicity for which all Kitty Ferguson's books have been praised. The result is a captivating account of an extraordinary life and the work of a splendid mind.
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Ferguson captures the very full life and work of one of the most vibrant minds of our time - Publishers Weekly
Fascinating - Observer
The reader is drawn on by some of the best scientific definitions, analogies, simple explanations and downright interesting writing I have ever seen - Evening Standard
Ferguson deftly conveys an exciting sense of both Stephen Hawking himself and his pre-eminent role in modern-day theoretical physics... A fine introduction to Hawking's own A Brief History of Time - Booklist
Fascinating... Ferguson's sympathetic and informed take on an individual who has enriched human knowledge against the odds, is an excellent summing up of [Hawking's] unique and creative contribution to both science and humanity - Nature Magazine
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 - Los Angeles Times
Ferguson provides engaging and helpful explanations of the physics behind [Hawking's] triumphs - The Washington Post
Kitty Ferguson first became acquainted with Stephen Hawking and his family when she lived in Cambridge in the late 1980s. Around that time she retired from her career as a professional singer and conductor and began writing and lecturing about science and scientists for readers and audiences with little or no scientific background. Her seven books have appeared to critical acclaim all over the world. She and her husband now divide their time between Cambridge and South Carolina.