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Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work | [Kitty Ferguson]

Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work

Stephen Hawking is one of the most remarkable figures of our time, a Cambridge genius who has earned international celebrity as a brilliant theoretical physicist and become an inspiration and revelation to those who have witnessed his courageous triumph over disability. This is Hawking's life story by Kitty Ferguson, who has had special help from Hawking himself and his close associates and who has a gift for translating the language of theoretical physics for non-scientists.
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Stephen Hawking is one of the most remarkable figures of our time, a Cambridge genius who has earned international celebrity as a brilliant theoretical physicist and become an inspiration and revelation to those who have witnessed his courageous triumph over disability. This is Hawking's life story by Kitty Ferguson, who has had special help from Hawking himself and his close associates and who has a gift for translating the language of theoretical physics for non-scientists.

Twenty years ago, Kitty Ferguson's Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything became a Sunday Times bestseller and took the world by storm. She now returns to the subject to transform that short book into a hugely expanded, carefully researched, up-to-the-minute biography.

©2011 Kitty Ferguson (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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    Prairie Prairie du Sac, WI 04-04-12
    Prairie Prairie du Sac, WI 04-04-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Not What it Appears"
    Would you try another book from Kitty Ferguson and/or Carole Boyd?

    No! Stephan Hawking is truly amazing and many of the stories that Ms. Ferguson tells are awe inspiring. Unfortunately Ms. Ferguson appears to have a huge chip on her shoulder over the fact that Hawking happens to be an atheist and goes off on strange religious tangents that really distract from what could have been a great story. For a better glimpse into the genius of Stephan Hawking, consider reading the books he has personally written, which are also available on Audible.


    Has Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of Carole Boyd???s performance would you have changed?

    None - Ms. Boyd did a fine job.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The stories of Hawking are fantastic, but Ms. Ferguson's religious rants are grating.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Myersville, MD, United States 04-21-12
    Jeremy Myersville, MD, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Too Much Focus on Religion"

    This is an interesting book on Stephen Hawkins and his work. The theories of cosmology, string theory, inflation are explained very clearly for the lay science reader. My big issue was how much the author focused on the religious aspects of his work as she seemed to become more distraught over his theories leaving less and less room for a god. If the author's concern over the religious implications of his theories were mentioned once in the book that would have been fine, however, it was a recurring topic that really detracted from what otherwise was an excellent book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Graeme Merrylands, Australia 08-09-13
    Graeme Merrylands, Australia 08-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A little bit of life - a lot of work.."

    The title of this book is a little misleading - I was expecting a biography. More than three quarters of this book is devoted to an examination of his theories, and very little to Stephen Hawking the man. Obviously a reader is expecting some science if choosing this book, but the illness he has lived with throughout his life is relegated to playing just a bit part in this book. By the end of the book I knew less about the man than I did his theories.
    I suspect that's just the way he would want it as well, but unfortunately the portrait painted of Stephen Hawking by this book is black and white rather than the colour his life of adversity, brilliance and quirkiness could have been.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RANDALL JAFFE Arcadia Califonia 05-10-14
    RANDALL JAFFE Arcadia Califonia 05-10-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Biography 20 % Physics 80%"
    What did you like best about Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work? What did you like least?

    How a person with a brilliant mind but severely disabled body not only copes with life, but actually excels others in his field equally as brilliant but not as accomplished as Hawking.BUT, although I am totally impressed by her grasp of difficult theoretical physics and attempt to bring this would to us, I really wanted more biography and much less physics. I do like science but this was way more than i had anticipated. I had to wade through the physics to get back to the biography.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kitty Ferguson again?

    Maybe


    What about Carole Boyd’s performance did you like?

    She made me feel like she was the author having these interviews with Stephen Hawking.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If it had less physics and more story.


    Any additional comments?

    I did learn a lot about cosmology and physics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carol Elk Grove, CA, United States 04-25-12
    carol Elk Grove, CA, United States 04-25-12
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    "Good Technical Explanations"
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    Explanations of very difficult concepts explained well. Life story and description of work combined was thorough and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Hector
    Beckenham, Kent, United Kingdom
    6/21/12
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    "The life and work of a genius"

    I got this book really very worried that it will be one of those super complex science books... but to my relief Mrs. Kitty Ferguson wrote it in a way that even the most complex physic concepts were already digested and relatively easy to understand. To be honest there were sometimes that I had to rewind and listen to them again; but in general the book takes you flawlessly through the life and work of this British genius. Theoretical physics opens up a wide vision to the understanding of the cosmos and ultimately to the understanding of us as human beings, so I think this should be a compulsory reading for anyone with an inquisitive mind. The struggles and the success that seems to appear repeatedly in the life of Prof. Stephen Hawking just add the human flavour to this wonderful book and the narration, by the soothing voice of Mrs. Carol Boyd, complements the whole experience. I strongly recommend this audio book not just to enlighten us but to satisfy the “nerd” that lives inside all of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jeffrey
    United Kingdom
    6/16/12
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    "A book about the man behind the mind"

    His story is interesting to say the least. Narration is good. It is more about his life than another view on his theories, but because it is written by a scientist it does make a few attempts to explain his work with black holes and the search for the theory of everything. For me, I like physics, and I like biography so this was a good mix. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I ended up not liking Stephen at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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