Format: Trade Paperback
Published: May 27, 2003
Publisher: W W Norton
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 039332446X
ISBN - 13: 9780393324464
From the Publisher
Where the science of black holes, gravitational waves, and time travel will likely lead us, as reported by spacetime''s most important theoreticians and observers.
Our minds tell us that some things in the universe must be true. The New Physics tells us that they are not, and in the process, blurs the line between science and science fiction. Here are six accessible essays by those who walk that line, moving ever further out in discovering the patterns of nature, aimed at readers who share their fascination with the deepest mysteries of the universe.
? Richard Price: "An Introduction to Spacetime Physics"
? Stephen Hawking: "Chronology Protection"
? Igor Novikov: "Can We Change the Past?"
? Kip S. Thorne: "Speculations about the Future"
? Timothy Ferris: "On the Popularization of Science"
? Alan Lightman: "The Physicist as Novelist
About the Author
Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. As a student at Oxford University, Hawking studied Physics, and after three years was awarded a first class honors degree in Natural Science. After gaining a Ph.D. from Cambridge, Hawking became a Research Fellow, and later on a Professional Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Widely regarded as one of the greatest theoretical physicists since Einstein, Hawking has held the post as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge since 1979. Most famous for his research on black holes, he has written the books A Brief History of Time and Black Holes and Baby Universes, a collection of essays published in 1993. Also the author of numerous articles for scientific papers, Hawking has 12 honorary degrees and is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Hawking was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in his early 20s and is now confined to a wheelchair. He uses a computer device to help him speak. Hawking holds a professorship at the University of Oxford. Timothy Ferris was born on August 29, 1944, in Miami, Florida, to Thomas and Jean Ferris. He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in 1966 and did graduate work from 1966-1967. Ferris is the author of Coming of Age in the Milky Way; The Red Limit; The Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe(s) Report; Galaxies; The Mind's Sky, and other popular books on astronomy and physics. He has rece
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