Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

by Stephen Hawking

CD-Audio Publication Date: 13/11/2018

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The world-famous cosmologist and author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the biggest questions facing humankind. "Hawking's parting gift to humanity . . . a book every thinking person worried about humanity's future should read."--NPR

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Forbes - The Guardian - Wired

Stephen Hawking was the most renowned scientist since Einstein, known both for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology and for his mischievous sense of humor. He educated millions of readers about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes, and inspired millions more by defying a terrifying early prognosis of ALS, which originally gave him only two years to live. In later life he could communicate only by using a few facial muscles, but he continued to advance his field and serve as a revered voice on social and humanitarian issues.

Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe's greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet--including climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence--he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.

Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history.

Featuring a foreword by Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Stephen Hawking, an introduction by Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne, and an afterword from Hawking's daughter, Lucy, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a brilliant last message to the world.

Praise for Brief Answers to the Big Questions

"[Hawking is] a symbol of the soaring power of the human mind."--The Washington Post

"Hawking's final message to readers . . . is a hopeful one."--CNN

"Brisk, lucid peeks into the future of science and of humanity."--The Wall Street Journal

"Hawking pulls no punches on subjects like machines taking over, the biggest threat to Earth, and the possibilities of intelligent life in space."--Quartz

"Effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and--where it matters--witty."--The Guardian

"This beautiful little book is a fitting last twinkle from a new star in the firmament above."--The Telegraph
ISBN:
9781984844613
9781984844613
Category:
Cosmology & the universe
Format:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
13-11-2018
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Dimensions (mm):
150x130x30mm
Weight:
0.14kg
Stephen Hawking

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 was the author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller.

His many publications include The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime with G F R Ellis, General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey, with W Israel, and 300 Years of Gravitation, with W Israel.

Among the popular books Stephen Hawking has published are his best seller A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Grand Design and My Brief History.

His other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe and The Universe In A Nutshell.

Stephen Hawking died in March 2018.

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