Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Stephen Hawking was the most renowned scientist since Einstein, known both for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology and for his mischievous sense of humor. He educated millions of readers about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes, and inspired millions more by defying a terrifying early prognosis of ALS, which originally gave him only two years to live. In later life he could communicate only by using a few facia...

Details Brief Answers to the Big Questions

TitleBrief Answers to the Big Questions
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Physics

Reviews Brief Answers to the Big Questions

  • Florencia
    A few years ago, The Times newspaper ran a headline on the front page which said 'Hawking: God Did Not Create Universe'. The article was illustrated. God was shown in a drawing by Michelangelo, looking thunderous. They printed a photo of me, looking smug. They made it look like a duel between us. But I don't have a grudge against God. I do not want to give the impression that my work is about proving or disproving the existence of God. My work is...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Closed Time-like Curves: “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” by Stephen Hawking“Is there any point in hosting a party for time travelers? Would you hope anyone would turn up?Hawking’s answer: In 2009 I held a party for time travelers in my college, Gonville and Caius in Cambridge, for a film about time travel. To ensure that only genuine time travelers came, I didn’t send out...
  • André Oliveira
    In this book Stephen Hawking, possibly the last book written by him, answers some big questions and makes some predictions for the future taking into account the current state of science. How did it all begin? Is there other intelligent life in the universe? Is time travel possible? Obviously, I wasn't expecting solutions for these questions, but Stephen Hawking is able to explain complicated questions in a way that everyone would understand. Als...
  • Lou
    Having always had much admiration for the way Stephen Hawking has lived his life, overcoming adversity to become one of the brightest stars in our sky (pun absolutely intended), I was intrigued to see what his last contribution would bring with it. One of the things I most appreciate about him and his books is that he makes often complex and complicated topics accessible to everyday individuals such as myself - those without a background or degre...
  • Bryan
    A total page-turner, this book is quite remarkable it gives you a sense of a personal interview between Dr. Hawking and the reader. The Big questions are:Is there a God?How did it all begin?Is time travel possible?What is inside of a black hole?Is there other intelligent life in the universe?Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?How do we shape the future?Should we colonize space?Can we predict the future?Will we survive on earth? I highly rec...
  • Giorgio
    Why 3 stars if the book is well-written?Well, there is NOTHING NEW.He just said again and again what he always said...Maybe it should be sold as "Hawking in 90 minutes" or "Hawking for Dummies"...Yes, his life was really RICH in experiencies, and pain, and fight to overcome an ammount of things that almost nobody could... but...At the end, I did not feel any "answer", just plain stabilishment cientific thinking.Not enough for me.
  • Richard
    "So remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future."This is how Stephen Hawking lived his life and this is the message to the world he presents in Brief Answers To The Bi...
  • Bam
    I'm sure the remarkable Stephen Hawking was always being asked hard questions; I'm grateful for the opportunity to read some of his final thoughts on these topics:~Is there a God?~How did it all begin?~Is there other intelligent life in the universe?~Can we predict the future?~What is inside a black hole?~Is time travel possible?~Will we survive on Earth?~Should we colonize space?~Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?~How do we shape the futu...
  • Dan Graser
    While this collection of essays and musings on a huge range of topics makes for stimulating reading, it's a bittersweet experience realizing this is the final trip through the wonderful mind of Stephen Hawking we can take. This man has inspired generations around the world to think about the big questions and to do so in a much more engaged and informed manner, how many can boast that?Following wonderful introductions from actor Eddie Redmayne an...
  • Robert Yokoyama
    I bought this book because I admire Stephen Hawking and wanted to learn more about science. He asks questions in this book that I haven't thought of like what is in a black hole. There is no definitive answer to this question, but I did learn that a black hole is a collasped star that does have gravitational power to suck in a human being. I learned that a black hole does trap in light and emit a lot of heat and radiation. Hawking supported livin...
  • Senthil
    Wow. I feel I have become physically , intellectually & spiritually smaller after reading this book.An enlightening read on some of the biggest questions faced by the mankind, the book is true to its title and does its job fairly well in answering the complex questions in a simple easy-to-understand language ,for most parts.I must admit though, occasionally there were some theories that just went above my noob head.God- defined as an embodiment o...
  • Hải
    Hai Nguyen23 hrs · Cuốn sách thứ 100 (số đẹp) đọc trong năm nay tình cờ sao lại hay đến tuyệt vời. Không mấy nhà khoa học khi còn sống đã đạt được sự hâm mộ và quan tâm từ đông đảo quần chúng - những người mà giờ bảo nêu một công thức vật lý đã học chắc chả ai còn nhớ, như Albert Einstein ngày xưa và Stephen Hawking hiện tại."Brief Answers to the B...
  • Bettie☯
    Description: Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe’s greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet—including climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence—he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? These a...
  • Paul Demetre
    This book is essentially ten short chapters in which Dr. Hawking answers one question per chapter. The questions are topics such as, does God exist, how did the universe begin, what is in a black hole, is time travel possible, will AI outsmart us, and how can we survive?Will written in that it is both interesting and mostly understandable by even a non-scientist (with a few exceptions).Not quite light reading but surprisingly accessable.
  • Linh
    Một tác phẩm tuyệt vời. Nhiều chỗ không hoàn toàn hiểu (như khi Hawking nói về lỗ đen). Nhưng vẫn quá đáng để đọc và suy nghĩ, và đọc lại. Và nghĩ là thế giới quả cẫn còn may mắn khi có những người thông minh, chính trực như thế để cùng suy nghĩ và chia sẻ.
  • Book
    Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking“Brief Answers to the Big Questions” addresses the big questions of the day by scientists, political leaders and the general public. World-famous cosmologist and award-winning author Stephen Hawking takes the readers on his final ride to answering some of the most interesting questions facing humankind. This instructive 227-page book includes the following ten chapters: Chapter 1: Is There ...
  • Greg
    GZ>>>TRUMP? YOUR THOUGHTS,MR. HAWKING?(Interview in the 9th Dimension, M-Theory #763, questions from the audience at random.)SH>>>"Take Proxima b, for example..within the solar system Alpha has some similarities to Earth...If there are beings alive on Alpha Centauri today, they remain blissfully ignorant of the rise of Donald Trump...we are acting with reckless indifference to our future on planet Earth."GZ>>>YIKES! MOVING INSIDE VA...
  • Jeff
    What can be better than this?! Stephen's last book is just perfect! If you are going to buy this book, buy the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition as it includes the bonus content of five tributes from notable friends of Stephen. In Brief Answers to the Big Questions Stephen answers ten of humankind's most pressing questions succinctly with a combination of incredible scientific insight and humor. His arguments are presented in easy-to-digest twenty...
  • Jonathan Donihue
    What can one say? It's Stephen Hawking!
  • R. Shyaam Prasadh
    Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history. The black holes are still characterised only by their overall mass, electric charge and spin outside the event horizon but the event horizon itself contains the information needed to tell us about what has fallen into the black hole ...
  • Naseeb Y Nasib
    Al though I have read many books on physics and cosmology it is refreshing to have a scientist not shy away from the ig questions and go on a limb and actually say what they think. I guess when you have nothing to lose you can actually go out on a limb. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.
  • Dustin Hartley
    The big questions are briefly answered in plain English. The last chapter was especially inspiring.
  • Mandy
    Enjoyed reading sage advice from Hawking. It was a much quicker read than “A Brief History of Time.” He did a nice job of outlining key discoveries and even nicer at explaining what it means to earthlings. We have work to do, and need to be diligent. I’m so glad he left us with his insights.
  • Eric
    To start off, not for a moment would I profess to understand the sciences of Stephen Hawking. But I have avidly read many of his books because I am fascinated with the questions and the answers he provides. And he is honest about the questions he is unable to answer. If you don’t want to read this book (or even if you do), the following summaries for each of his big questions are provided:1. Is there a God? No.2. How did it all begin? The Big B...
  • Avid
    I’m embarrassed by my lack of scientific knowledge. Somehow i was able to earn a Master’s Degree without ever taking a science class after HS freshman biology! Seriously. I agree wholeheartedly with one of the messages in this book that that just can’t happen. We need to familiarize all students with not just the mechanics, but also the history and ethics of and trends and developments in science, throughout their educational careers. I hav...
  • Narong
    ใครทีเคยอานประวัติยอของกาลเวลามาแลวเลมนีกถูกเขียนในลักษณะคลายกันซึงเหมาะสำหรับผูอานทัวไป โดยเพิมเติมในเรืองของ AI การสำรวจอวกาศ และอนาคตของมนุษยชาติสตีเฟน...
  • Said AlMaskery
    The last book for the great scientist ... he will now get the answers he was seeking for in his rich life.
  • Tas
    A beautiful insight into an ingenious mind.
  • Alison Hoose
    Literally blew my mind 🤯 so interesting!
  • Mohit
    It's extremely well written....took me back to XII class and made me watch Interstellar again.Gets repetitive at some points.