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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, the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inwards for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.
My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking’s improbable journey, from his post-war 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 black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of academia.
Writing with characteristic humility and humour, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of motor neurone disease aged twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onwards 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.
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Stephen Hawking [has] a brain of enviable vastness, seeing and understanding things that lie way beyond most of us... His modesty is engaging - Daily Mail
Hawking writes movingly... we hear his voice radiating directly from the black hole of his motor neuron disease, without the amplification and elaboration supplied by the co-authors with whom he wrote his last few books - Financial Times
A concise, gleaming portrait - Nature
Powerful... [his] brevity makes for a bold picture - Guardian
Read it for the personal nuggets... But above all, it's worth reading for its message of hope - Mail on Sunday
Charmingly modest... it's appropriate that this most extraordinary of men should remain enigmatic - The Times
Stephen Hawking has had to overcome extraordinary obstacles in his life... Where he is most admirable is in his attitude to his disability - on which he is stoicism personified - Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times
His clarity, wit and determination are evident, his understatement and good humour moving... We will never really know Hawking. But what we do know - that he achieved extraordinary success against extraordinary adversity - is quite enough. - New Scientist
The book coherently appeals to readers who want a snapshot into Hawking's inner life and readers eager to trace the evolution of his thinking. - Sunday Business Post (Dublin)
STEPHEN HAWKING is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. He held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and is the author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller and stayed on the Sunday Times bestseller list for 237 weeks. His other books for the general reader include Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe in a Nutshell, A Briefer History of Time and The Grand Design.