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Stephen Hawking: A Life Well Lived

Stephen Hawking: A Life Well Lived

In 1963 Stephen Hawking was given two years to live. Defying all the odds, he died in March 2018 at age seventy-six as the most celebrated scientist in the world. This carefully researched, and now newly updated, up-to-the-minute biography and tribute gives a rich picture of Hawk... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781784164560
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Published 21 May 2019 by Transworld Publishers
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Ferguson, Kitty
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ISBN-13 9781784164560
ISBN-10 1784164569
Stock Available
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Imprint Black Swan
Publication Date 21 May 2019
International Publication Date 7 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Ferguson, Kitty
Category Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Popular Science
Cosmology & The Universe
Astrophysics
Number of Pages 688
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 41mm
Weight 485g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Physicists - Biography - Great Britain
NBS Text Biography: Science, Technology & Medical
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 530.1092
Catalogue Code 983654

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In 1963 Stephen Hawking was given two years to live. Defying all the odds, he died in March 2018 at age seventy-six as the most celebrated scientist in the world. This carefully researched, and now newly updated, up-to-the-minute biography and tribute gives a rich picture of Hawking's remarkable life - his childhood, the heart-rending beginning of his struggle with motor neurone disease, his ever-increasing international fame, and his long personal battle for survival in pursuit of a scientific understanding of the universe. From more recent years, Kitty Ferguson describes his inspiring leadership at the London Paralympic Games, the release of the film The Theory of Everything, his continuing work on black holes and the origin of the universe, the discovery of 'supertranslations?, and the astounding 'Starshot? program. Here also are his intense concern for the future of the Earth and his use of his celebrity to fight for environmental and humanitarian causes, and, finally, a ground-breaking paper he was working on at the time of his death, in which he took issue with some of his own earlier theories. Throughout, Ferguson summarizes and explains the cutting-edge science in which Hawking was engaged. In March, 2018, tributes poured in from around the world and friends and strangers Hawking had inspired gathered for his funeral in Cambridge and the interment of his ashes in Westminster Abbey. Ferguson offers vivid first-hand descriptions of both these occasions and, in an amazing and revealing tribute, assesses Hawking?s legacy in and out of science.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Kitty Ferguson was born in San Antonio, Texas. She studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and was for many years a successful professional musician, conducting and performing oratorio, early music and chamber music. In 1986 she moved to England where her husband was a Visiting Fellow and later Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. During this and many subsequent periods of residence at Cambridge, Kitty Ferguson audited graduated lectures and seminars in the Department of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics and got to know some of the legendary figures in those fields, including Stephen Hawking. In 1987 she retired from music to devote herself full time to writing about science.

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