OR
Read for free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available
 

Introducing Stephen Hawking: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...) [Kindle Edition]

J.P. McEvoy , Oscar Zarate
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £6.99
Kindle Price: £3.99 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £3.00 (43%)
 
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for £0.00 and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.99  
Paperback £6.99  
Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited
Enjoy unlimited access to over 650,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for £7.99 a month, including this one. Learn more

Book Description

Stephen Hawking is the world-famous physicist with a cameo in "The Simpsons on his CV", but outside his academic field his work is little understood. To the public he is a tragic figure - a brilliant scientist and author of the 9 million-copy-selling "A Brief History of Time", and yet confined to a wheelchair and almost completely paralysed. Hawking's major contribution to science has been to integrate the two great theories of 20th-century physics - Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. J.P. McEvoy and Oscar Zarate's brilliant graphic guide explores Hawking's life, the evolution of his work from his days as a student, and his breathtaking discoveries about where these fundamental laws break down or overlap, such as on the edge of a Black Hole or at the origin of the Universe itself.



Product Description

Review

'An ideal introduction' Independent 'Astonishingly comprehensive - clearer than Hawking himself' Focus

Product details


More About the Author

J.P. McEvoy received the Msc in physics from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and the PhD from the University of London. As a research associate at the RCA Research Laboratories in Princeton and for the next 15 years, he worked in solid state physics as a research scientist in the USA, Switzerland and Britain. Of his previous books, the graphic guides Introducing Stephen Hawking, and Introducing Quantum Theory have been acclaimed worldwide and translated into a dozen languages. He also has written a popular book on the history of solar eclipses, called Eclipse, for Fourth Estate. Recently, he has been active in science journalism and broadcasting. In October 2006, he received the prestigious founder's award given by the American School in London for Inspiring and Dedicated Service to Education. His new book for Constable and Robinson published in 2010, A Brief History of the Universe, continues his celebration of the creative individuals whose ideas has shaped humanity's understanding of the physical world. He lives in London with his wife Patricia, a family therapist.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Relative Obscurity 16 Dec. 2009
By Neutral VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
C P Snow observed that the humanities and the sciences represented two cultures neither of which understood, or made an effort to understand, the other. This bright little book explains why. The nature of relativist cosmology (studying the universe by applying the theory of relativity) is as clear as mud. As a theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, like Einstein, was at home with abstractions which, in some instances, have been proved to be an accurate predictor of events. Intellectually he is brilliant with an IQ in the region of 250 and a mind he has trained to work out complex problems in his head. As a human being his appreciation of other humans has been hindered, not simply by his motor neurone disease, but by his egotistical personality which led to two divorces.

Hawking was never backward in coming forward. He publicly questioned Fred Hoyle's Steady State theory of the Universe and built on Roger Penrose's singularity theory by applying it to the beginning of the Universe which was called, in derisory terms, the Big Bang. "The major claim of the theory is that in the large scale average the Universe is expanding in a nearly homogeneous way from a dense early state." It remains cosmology's prevailing paradigm. The ideas underlying the Big Bang theory are superbly illustrated, even if the underlying theory remains opaque.

In 1974 Hawking discovered that Black Holes (stars imploding at the end of their lives) radiate like thermodynamic bodies. He also presented a model of the early Universe which he called the no boundary proposal, suggesting that there was no beginning and no moment of creation which brought the Universe into being. This was in line with Hawking's metaphysical thinking which was more atheistic than agnostic.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent analysis of a brilient mind 28 Sept. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Introducing Stephen Hawking by J.P. McEvoy and Oscar Zarate
Stephen Hawking is a scientist whom in most people inspires a combination of pity and envy. Pity for the fact that he is trapped in a living prison that is his own body, and envy for the fact that he possesses a mind that has the ability to dissect the universe in a way that the rest of us could not even hope to do.
J. P. McEvoy and Oscar Zarate have succeeded in putting together a book that accomplishes the two tasks of analysing the life and mind of a great scientist and of outlining how this mind has been able to dissect the theories of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. A task that has resulted in Hawking discovering how these very distinct and revolutionary theories seem to overlap or even contradict each other.
I found this book to be both interesting and easy to follow. It showed me the tragedy of a young man whom had his body taken from him, and who was therefore forced to rely on his mind alone. It also showed me how that very same man succeeded in utilising this tragedy to his advantage, which has resulted in the continued advancement of physics.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in physics and/or in the life of Stephen Hawking. It is a good read and I found the book difficult to put down.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawking - an introduction 15 Sept. 2011
By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Just as at a dinner party or other gathering, being introduced to someone does not necessarily mean an intimate - in the best sense of the word - relationship will follow so, "Introducing Hawking" does not guarantee leaving as a cosmological scientist or an astrophysicist of any great standing. Fortunately, as an arts graduate, knowing my own scientific limitations, I approached it with enthusiasm but not high expectations. Unlike one of the reviewers, I knew it WAS rocket-science and I did not anticipate the highest levels of astrophysics to be explained in a few simple sentences.

I have read a lot on science and astrophysics (Most recently Brian Cox's "Why does E=mc2?" - and was fairly familiar with the lower regions; books "introducing" subjects or writers are sometimes more complicated than the original but I approached this with hope.

I enjoyed it, learned a lot and knew there were areas I still regard as mysteries; however, along the way, I found the drawings and sketches helpful and graphic in their attempts to simplify the extraordinarily complex.

I garnered more terminology and felt I was beginning to think more in the right way. Einstein commented on one occasion that he rarely thought in words but also that imagination was essential for a scientist. I have the imagination and the words, it is the rest I lack but this book helped.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pitched too high 11 Sept. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was disappointed with this book; it's too difficult for the non-mathematical reader. Obviously cosmology is a complex subject, but I'm sure it could have been explained more simply. McEvoy insists on filling the book with long algebraic formulae and often uses specialist language without defining it. After reading this book, my grasp of the subject remains tenuous. A missed opportunity.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Feb. 2015
By Rosa
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
very good!!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category