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My Brief History
作者 Stephen Hawking
出版社 Bantam
ISBN 9780857502636
分類 Biography & Memoir > Scientist
價格 HK$144.00
 
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'His clarity, wit and determination are evident, his understand and good humour moving' New Scientist

My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking’s improbable journey, from his post-war 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 black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of academia.

Writing with characteristic humility and humour, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of motor neurone disease aged twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onwards 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.

'Read it for the personal nuggets . . . but above all, it's worth reading for its message of hope' Mail on Sunday


About the Author:

In 1963, aged twenty-one and a graduate student at Cambridge University, Stephen Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to become an exceptional researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College and for thirty years held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, the chair held by Isaac Newton 1669-1702. Most recently, Professor Hawking was the Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. He had over a dozen honorary degrees, and was awarded the Companion of Honour in 1989. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Science.

Professor Hawking was the author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. His other bestselling books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe in a Nutshell, A Briefer History of Time, The Grand Design and Black Holes: The Reith Lectures. He died in 2018 at the age of seventy-six.




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