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My Brief History

By Stephen Hawking, 1942- author.


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.



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Format: Book
Author: Hawking, Stephen, 1942- author.
Title: My brief history / Stephen Hawking.
Publisher Date: New York : Bantam Books, [2013]
Subject: Hawking, Stephen, 1942- Physicists -- Great Britain -- Biography Cosmology Black holes (Astronomy)
Isbn: 9780345535283 0345535286 0345535286 9780345535283
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Format: Book
Author: Hawking, Stephen, 1942- author.
Title: My brief history / Stephen Hawking.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Bantam Books, [2013]
Description: 127 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Subjects: Hawking, Stephen, 1942-
Subjects: Physicists -- Great Britain -- Biography
Subjects: Cosmology
Subjects: Black holes (Astronomy)
LCCN: 2013027938
ISBN: 9780345535283
ISBN: 0345535286
ISBN: 0345535286
ISBN: 9780345535283
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Call Number: B Hawking