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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.
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.
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 ›
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Love this book, describes Professor Hawking's life and career in laymans terms, wish they could update it to include the last 15 years though!Published 2 months ago by DressageDiva
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