Stephen Hawking

Black holes and baby universes

In A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking gave us an introduction to some of the important ideas of modern phsyics. Black holes and baby universes takes a different tack. It is a collection of essays written by Hawking, many based on lectures he has given at various times. Many of these explain his views on various issues rather than trying to teach the reader about modern physics, Hence some people might find it a gentler introduction to his work than A Brief History and more advanced readers will benefit from insight into how a brilliant scientist goes about his work.

The book starts with three autobigraphical chapters, looking at Hawking's education and how he came to terms with his disease. The next two chapters look at public attitudes towards science, and Hawking's reaction to the success of A Brief History. Other chapters consider philosophical issues such as freewill, the creation of the universe and the possibility of an ultimate 'Theory of Everything'. The title chapter 'Black holes and Baby universes' looks at Hawking's work on black holes, and at speculations that they may be instrumental in the formation of new universes. The final chapter is a transcript of Hawking's interview on Desert Island Discs

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Paperback 192 pages  
ISBN: 0553374117
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Published: 1994 Bantam
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Paperback 173 pages  
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Covering subjects ranging from the personal to the wholly scientific, this is a collection of Stephen Hawkings essays and other pieces, revealing him as scientist, man, concerned world citizen and imaginative thinker. He recalls his first experience of nursery school, punctures the arrogance of those who think science can best be understood only by other scientists, explores the origins and the future of the universe, and reflects on the phenomenon of his bestselling book, "A Brief History of Time". Some of the pieces reflect familiar material in fresh ways, while others are entirely new, including the lengthy transcript of Hawkings conversation on "Desert Island Discs:.