My Brief History by Stephen Hawking

My Brief History

byStephen Hawking

Kobo ebook | September 10, 2013

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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, perhaps the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inward for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.**
My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking’s improbable journey, from his postwar 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 particular black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of physics and cosmology.
Writing with characteristic humility and humor, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS at age twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onward 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.

Title:My Brief HistoryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345539133

ISBN - 13:9780345539137

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short summary with a first person take For an in-depth biography of Stephen Hawking, there are other works to consider. This is, as the title suggests, a brief autobiographical work, focusing on key periods the author found relevant and important in his life. It is personal and very introspective. Remains disappointing to not be a somewhat longer autobiography, but one can hope for something in the future!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing how much is covered in a book titled "Brief History" Well, well, well! What can I say. Mr. Hawking truly is a remarkable man. And while I'm not overly educated and got lost mid way when he went into detail of particles, black holes and the universe, I did, from page 1 right to the end, enjoy this read. It's truly amazing how much of his life is covered in this relatively short book. From birth, to a childhood of playing with toy trains, moving on and up through the educational system like a rocket. University life not only as a boy genius but a party boy. Sure didn't expect THAT when I read it. And then of course, the unfortunate decline in health and abilities outside of his amazing mind, as his body refused to work correctly for him gradually over the years. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - Just trying to say it is hard enough, without having to live with it. But LIVE he did and still does. Married twice. Children. And to this day still teaching at the University of Cambridge. Wow. I simply cannot express just how much I respect this man and how much I loved reading about his life. ** 5 STARS ** Out of this World great read. Recommended? YES. And don't worry, its not a hard read if like me you don't know advanced Physics or how he universe really works. He does talk about it for a about 30 pages and I found myself skim reading that section as I am not overly scientifically minded. That aside, all round great book.
Date published: 2015-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok but short Interesting read, but rather short and appears to be gaps where more information could have been placed.
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Simple writing Interesting but very simple... Too simple. The only time Hawkins gives us any depth of information is in the formulas and then he apologizes for it being to scientific...
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stephen Hawking Great read and a great mind!
Date published: 2013-12-07