World-renowned physicist and bestselling author Stephen Hawking presents a revolutionary look at the momentous discoveries that changed our perception of the world with this first-ever compilation of seven classic works on physics and astronomy. His choice of landmark writings by some of the world's great thinkers traces the brilliant evolution of modern science and shows how each figure built upon the genius of his predecessors. "On the Shoulders of Giants" includes, in their entirety, "On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres" by Nicolaus Copernicus; "Principia" by Sir Isaac Newton; "The Principle of Relativity" by Albert Einstein; "Dialogues Concerning Two Sciences" by Galileo Galilei with Alfonso De Salvio; plus "Mystery of the Cosmos, Harmony of the World, " and "Rudolphine Tables" by Johannes Kepler. It also includes five critical essays and a biography of each featured physicist, written by Hawking himself.
Stephen Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. His other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe and The Universe in a Nutshell.
In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Since 1979 he has held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Science. Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.