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Stephen Hawking discusses Baby Universes, UC Berkeley 1988
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With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. In his phenomenal bestseller A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking literally transformed the way we think about physics, the universe, reality itself. In these thirteen essays and one remarkable extended interview, the man widely regarded as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein returns to reveal an amazing array of possibilities for understanding our universe. Building on his earlier work, Hawking discusses imaginary time, how black holes can give birth to baby universes, and scientists' efforts to find a complete unified theory that would predict everything in the universe. With his characteristic mastery of language, his sense of humor and commitment to plain speaking, Stephen Hawking invites us to know him better—and to share his passion for the voyage of intellect and imagination that has opened new ways to understanding the very nature of the cosmos. Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the presidential Medal of Freedom.
Black Holes and Baby Universes and other Essays is a popular science book by English astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
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In A Brief History of Time he succeeded in interesting the widest of audiences in the most abstract of theoretical astrophysics. Now he has once more broken out of the scientific ghetto to claim the intellectual and cultural high ground for science. His new book, Black Holes and Baby Universes, consists of a series of essays and lectures: some of them are about himself and the motor neuron disease which has ravaged his life, confining him to a wheelchair and depriving him of speech; most of them discuss the theories and ideas which his extraordinary brain has generated. Black Holes and Baby Universes is more approachable than A Brief History - though whether this will lift its sales beyond the dizzy heights of the earlier book remains to be seen. A Brief History had two things going for it. Paradoxically, the very difficulty of the ideas which it attempted to convey contributed to its attraction. In addition, the book had an essential unity: it was an extended essay with a beginning, a middle and an end in notable contrast to the universe in which we live, according to the thesis of the book itself.
Thank you! Superstar physicist Hawking--whose A Brief History of Time is ensconsed in the Guinness Book of Records for having had the longest bestseller-run in English-language history--returns with 11 essays and one interview, covering matters autobiographical, scientific, and philosophical. The autobiographical pieces share a sketchy, conversational tone and drop a few tasty nuggets: Hawking didn't learn to read until he was eight and proved to be in the Einstein tradition a mediocre student; if dropped on a desert island, he would listen to Mozart's Requiem and read Middlemarch. But even so, these pieces keep Hawking's inner life strictly under wraps. His weak suit is philosophy, and, indeed, he includes a mild-mannered attack on professional philosophers, many of whom find his discussions of the big questions--what is creation? Not much new, but people feel smarter just by buying a Hawking book.
A mind-stretching experience Reading the works of Stephen Hawking is like listening to opera: I don't understand everything that's said, but I enjoy the experience. Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist from England, surprised a lot of people including himself with the success of A Brief History of Time , published in The reissue of that book in an expanded and illustrated edition reminded me to pick up the sequel, a collection of essays titled Black Holes and Baby Universes. This later work differs from A Brief History in offering intimate glimpses of Hawking's personal life and his struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease. Born in Oxford in , Hawking grew up in Highgate, north London. His father was a medical researcher; his mother the daughter of a family doctor. Most of their neighbors were also scientific and academic people.