Stephen Hawking:

Stephen Hawking:

A Life in ScienceSecond Edition (2002)

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A Life in ScienceSecond Edition (2002)

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Michael White; John Gribbin

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Stephen Hawking: A Life in ScienceSecond Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2002.

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Named to Science Books & Films 2003 Best Books List

"...a very readable biography... in a sense it is two books in one: the man and his work."
-- The Planetarian, December 2002

"White and Gribbin's book provides enough scientific understanding to give readers the context in which to place the life of this fascinating person. ... This book is a pleasure to read; one will come away from it with a better understanding of both Steven Hawking and his life's work."
-- Science Books & Films

"Summing up: Highly recommended. General readers, lower-and upper-division undergraduates; professionals; two-year technical program students."
-- CHOICE, March 2003

"Telling and savvy...shows Hawking as a whole man, by turns both stubborn and lofty, both comical and remote."
-- Washington Post Book World

"Intriguing... There are larger questions here than the life even of this singular man... We are on the brink here of a [scientific] mystery as great as that of an extraordinary man whose mind and imagination have soared beyond the disabling confines of the flesh."
-- The Times

"A gripping account of a physicist whose speculations could prove as revolutionary as those of Albert Einstein... It's combination of erudition, warmth, robustness, and wit is entirely appropriate to their subject."
-- New Statesman & Society

"Immensely moving... totally gripping to read. Hawking's moral courage and strength, as well as his intellectual genius, illuminate this account of his life and achievements, which succeeds in communicating the scope and magnitude of this remarkable man's discoveries in the sphere of physics."
-- Daily Telegraph

"Fascinating... What makes this book so rewarding is the way that the authors have blended their account of Hawking's science with that of his life, giving a picture of a remarkable scientist as a remarkable person."
-- Spectator

"A successful merger of biography and physics... As it traces the course of Hawking's life, it pauses occasionally to prepare the reader for the mind-boggling complexities of relativity theory and the even more bizarre notions of quantum physics... The exercise works."
-- Time Magazine