Stephen Hawking in a Nutshell
A Brief History of Stephen Hawking
Brilliant astrophysicist Stephen Hawking passed away on Pi Day, March 14, 2018 in Cambridge, United Kingdom at the age 76. Stephen Hawking was a groundbreaking cosmologist who published incredible research for over 50 years, developing theories, critiques, and arguments about concepts such as black holes, the Big Bang, and quantum mechanics.
Stephen Hawking not only published a massive body of work, he also permeated our mainstream with cameos in famous sci-fi and comedy shows, movies, and music.
What Stephen Hawking Meant to Others
As a student taking astronomy courses on the side in my undergraduate studies, I remember hearing amazing stories about Stephen Hawking, his research into black holes, as well as his sense of humor. We heard his name as much as Albert Einstein, Galileo, and other cosmologists in our class lectures.
Late last night I opened Twitter to find Tweet after reTweeted Tweet about Stephen Hawking's passing. These messages came from friends, from astronomers and scientists, from celebrities, world leaders, and other people of influence in our society. No matter who they were, Stephen Hawking's passing seemed to touch multitudes of people in one way or another.
Not only was his work incredibly influential to modern scientists, he was an inspiration to people who have various diseases and disabilities. Stephen Hawking defied odds by living with motor neuron disease (ALS) decades longer than his expected prognosis.
As the world mourns this rock star scientist, please enjoy these books written by and about Stephen Hawking. Please click on the book cover for more information.
Nonfiction Books by Stephen Hawking
Fiction Books Written by Stephen and Lucy Hawking
Stephen Hawking wrote a series of children's books with his daughter, Lucy, that brings complex scientific topics to children in an action-packed adventure. The following books are all parts of the George series, involving traveling through space, wormholes, and more.
Don't Miss These Titles About Stephen Hawking
Authors other than Stephen Hawking have also attempted to discuss his life and accomplishments. The first book on this list, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen is notable for being written by Jane Hawking, Stephen Hawking's first wife, and being the inspiration and source material for the 2015 film The Theory of Everything.
Books about Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis
People diagnosed with ALS typically have an estimated lifespan of 3-5 years, though some, like Stephen Hawking, are able to live for over 10 years. You may remember the Ice Bucket challenge series of YouTube videos by celebrities several years ago to encourage donations to research and create a cure for this deadly disease. Learn more about the life of people who have or had ALS with the following books.