The final book from Professor Stephen Hawking, the bestselling author of A Brief History of Time and arguably the most famous scientist of our age, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a profound, accessible and timely reflection on the biggest questions in science.
Professor Hawking was a brilliant theoretical physicist, an influential author and thinker, and a great popular communicator. Throughout his career he was asked questions by business leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, academics and the general public on a broad range of subjects, from the origins of the universe to the future of the planet.
Brief Answers to the Big Questions brings together his thinking on the most timeless and the most-timely questions in science:
- Where did we come from?
- What is inside a black hole?
- Is there other intelligent life in the universe?
- How will we survive on earth?
- How can we colonise space?
- Will we ever be able to go beyond the Solar System?
For both the scientific and the intellectually curious, this book celebrates the mind, humour, and achievements of one of the most inspiring figures in recent history. The book includes an afterword from Lucy Hawking and a percentage of all royalties will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.
Stephen Hawking was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years, the director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is America's highest civilian honour. He was the author of a number of books including A Brief History of Time which has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. At the age of 20 Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and was given two years to live. When he died on14th March 2018, at the age of 76, he was the longest living MND survivor. His battle with the disease was featured in the Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everything.
"A beautiful little book by a brilliant mind"
– Daily Telegraph
"Effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and – where it matters – witty"