Black holes to time-travel tales for kids, Stephen Hawking wrote for everyone


Hawking, heralded as one of the greatest minds ever to live, was also an influential and prolific author. Photo: AFP

Stephen Hawking was a prolific author with a knack for making books on challenging scientific topics engaging to a wide spectrum of readers.

The physicist is best known for his best-selling 1988 classic A Brief History Of Time: From The Big Bang To Black Holes, which was intended to help people without a strong scientific background understand key questions of physics and human existence. In it, he discusses the origins of the universe and its future. Among his other books are:

The Grand Design

Hawking said this 2010 book co-written with American physicist Leonard Mlodinow was intended to address important unanswered questions such as why there is a universe and whether the universe needed a creator and designer. Hawking said his thinking had been influenced by significant advancements in physics that had followed publication of A Brief History Of Time.

On The Shoulders Of Giants

Published in 2003, this book sees Hawking writing about the great astronomers and physicists who preceded them, presenting in a single volume a vast history of the field that makes heavy use of original papers by Einstein, Copernicus, Newton and many others. Hawking puts each in context and explains their role in altering the course of science as mankind moved out of the Middle Ages.

'My Brief History', published by Bantam Books.
'George And The Unbreakable Code' by Lucy & Stephen Hawking.

George And The Unbreakable Code And Other Stories

Written by Hawking and his daughter Lucy, this was a series of illustrated children’s books to explain “secret keys to the universe” to younger readers. The books deal with complex topics including the Big Bang.

My Brief History

A very personal memoir published in 2013 in which Hawking deals among other things with his childhood, his evolution as a thinker and scientist, the impact of his ALS diagnosis when he was 21 and the ways in which the prospect of an early death affected his work.

Black Holes And Baby Universes And Other Essays

This best-selling 1994 collection includes a mix of personal and scientific essays. – AP

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