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Book Review: Brief Answers To The Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

By Tuesday 16 July 2019Amazon, Books & Authors, Nature
brief-answers-to-the-big-questions-stephen-hawking-book-cover Brief Answers To The Big Questions brings together a range of talks and presentations delivered by Stephen Hawking to answer these ten questions:

1. Is there a God?
2. How did it all begin?
3. Is there other intelligent life in the universe?
4. Can we predict the future?
5. What is inside a black hole?
6. Is time travel possible?
7. Will we survive on Earth?
8. Should we colonise space?
9. Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?
10. How do we shape the future?

Hawking starts by telling his story. Here’s a quote that I think is fantastic:

‘One of the great revelations of the space age has been the perspective it has given humanity on ourselves as a whole. We see the unity, and not the divisions. It is such a simple image with a compelling message; one planet, one human race.’
(From: Brief Answers To The Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, page 4, 2018)

Hawking discusses physics, mathematics, general relativity, thermodynamics and quantum physics. He explains on the laws of the universe and science, and what we know and don’t know.

Hawking makes predictions for the future and not just ones related to particle physics or the science we don’t yet understand. He makes predictions about the future of the human race. The first half of the book is science-heavy, almost like Hawking was flexing his academic knowledge and showing what he knows. The latter half of the book is more about inspiration, imagination and hope for the future.

Hawking explains scientific concepts in an engaging way, that stretches the mind of the reader and writes with passion that pours off the page.

You can buy Brief Answers To The Big Questions by Stephen Hawking on Amazon.

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