My Brief History

My Brief History

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Stephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, perhaps the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inward for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.

My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his postwar London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. This concise, witty, and candid account introduces listeners to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him Einstein; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a particular black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of physics and cosmology.

Writing with characteristic humility and humor, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS at age twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onward through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A Brief History of Time --one of the iconic books of the twentieth century.

Clear-eyed, intimate, and wise, My Brief History opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking's personal cosmos.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9780804164313
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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May 10, 2017

A delightful look at a disabled person making the best of himself. He speaks of his accomplishments with some self deprecating humor.
The audio version is the way to "read" this book.

AL_BRIDGET Aug 23, 2016

I listened to this audiobook, and it was really enjoyable. It is quite short, but it was a perfect small slice of Hawking's past. The only bit where I drifted was near the end when the discussion of space time loops left me FAR behind. Great if you'd like a quick and interesting listen, with a bit of self-deprecating humor.

JCLMelodyMK Jun 22, 2015

A very interesting view into the life of a genius who overcame a huge physical disability and is an acclaimed cosmologist.
I enjoyed the reader which jumped from a regular to a robotic voice during the reading.


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