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  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1st American Pbk. Ed edition (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844073157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591025740
  • ASIN: 1591025745
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 783,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His devilishly complex cosmological theories are handled engagingly in accessible language for the lay reader. [T]his is a touching portrait that will grace any bookshelf." - Astronomy Now "In an elegant, pristine universe black holes are decidedly messy. Apprentice physicists may try to sweep them under the cosmic carpet and hope no one notices the lump. The masters, like Hawking, relish the messy bits, the structure of space-time, the no-boundary concept, the baby universe. Larsen makes such messy bits, and Hawking's expertise in straightening them out, accessible to general readers and sets the concepts within the framework of Hawking's career and personal life. As a result, along with explanations of the theory of everything we learn why Hawking turns up so much in the media as one of the greatest and certainly one of the most easily described physicists on the planet." - SciTech Book News "[T]his is a well-written introduction to Hawking and his work that is worth having." - SB&F "[T]he story of his life... is told with sympathy, and skilfully interwoven with the developments in Hawking's pioneering theories in cosmology, black holes in particular, and the search for the theory of everything... [A]n intriguing work. Early in her book, the author says that Hawking does not like biographies, so would probably not read this one. Want a bet?" - --Gnomon

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I find the life and work of Professor Hawking fascinating - hence this purchase. However, this book shows the perils of buying online. If I had looked at it in a shop I would have hastily put it back on the shelf! I waded through three chapters before throwing it to the ground in disgust. Why? It is a biography of an English icon but not only does it read like rehashed sentences from other biographies but, most off-putting of all, is written by an American for Americans and every teensy bit of common knowledge is described to the nth degree as if revealing some arcane mystery. I had to suppress several small screams of anguish!!

I was going to say I hated it but felt that was a bit mean. I am sure some people will like it. I think I will donate my copy to a charity shop!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
From Hawking's early lack of focus as a college student to the evolution of his groundbreaking work 4 Mar. 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kristine Larsen's STEPHEN HAWKING: A BIOGRAPHY comes from a physicist and astronomer who examines noted physicist Stephen Hawkins' personal and professional life, emphasizing his contributions, his life, and his special physical challenges. From Hawking's early lack of focus as a college student to the evolution of his groundbreaking work, this biographical coverage is key reading for any interested in correlating his science with his life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lifting the curtain...... 30 Nov. 2009
By Jeffntn - Published on Amazon.com
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Lifts the curtain on Stephen Hawkings life, see his human side, that he's just like everyone else, but, Hawkings is nothing like anyone else. A brilliant mind, seething with a tsunami of knowledge, wisdom, and theory.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good Book 2 July 2011
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good book about one of the most brilliant mind of our time. It is a fascinating insight into Hawking's life. It is inspirational in that with all he has and is going through personally, he is still a major force in the field of Physics.

Very well written.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Stephen Hawking: A Biography 26 Jan. 2014
By CatLoraine - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading it because I admire Stephen Hawking and love cosmology. Larsen does a good job--as others have mentioned--of explaining some of Hawking's concepts at the same time of writing about his life. I had already heard the usual stories about him but what I did learn from her book was that he traveled much more than I realized and got around a lot more than I had ever thought he did. After reading about his lectures at universities around the world, including America, I felt much better knowing that he had been able to live a semi-normal life for the majority of his years.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyed the Book 19 Aug. 2013
By John H. Williamson Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is well written, and informative. I enjoyed it. Only down side is trying to understand the theories that Hawkings and others deal with. Black holes and the like. The explanations were decent, just to far out there for me to grasp. Do not let this stop you from reading this book though, as the idea is to understand the man and his life, more so than the theoretical physics.
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