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

  • Khurram
    A great book, by a great man. I had heard the name Steven Hawking, but never read any of his theories. Simply for the very reason the something coming from the smartest men of the previous 2 generations would be overly complicated and beyond my understanding. What I discovered in this book is Steven Hawking was just a great man as we was a scientist, but an incredible teacher as well. His method of writing allows people like, who have a passing i...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Quick book answering some Big Questions while learning a bit more about Stephen Hawking.Is there a God?Is there other intelligent life in the universe? Is time travel possible?Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?It was great - recommend the audiobook too!
  • 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...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    “While there’s life, there is hope.” Stephen Hawking was such an inspirational man. When he first received his diagnosis, he was ready to give up on life; he was ready to abandon his studies as his body slowly diminished, but with the help of a few friends and loved ones he managed to carry on and complete his work. And, to his surprise, he carried on living beyond what he thought was capable. So, he made the most of every moment as he pu...
  • Jenna
    Well, this was certainly a bitter-sweet read, knowing it is the last book of Steven Hawking. I wish I'd borrowed the e-book instead of the print because there are so many things I'd have loved to highlight. In Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking attempts to answer 10 big questions, such as: •How did the universe begin?•Is there a god?•What is inside a black hole?•Is it possible to time travel?•Will AI outsmart us and if ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bharath
    This is my first book of 2019. As a thought-provoking book from one of the leading thinkers till recent times, a good way to start the year. I have previously read his “A brief history of time” and “The grand design” both of which I liked for presenting serious science in a very readable form. This book released after Stephen Hawking’s death does not disappoint, and is a great compilation of the most important topics Hawking dealt with ...
  • Gabby
    "Unleash your imagination. Shape the future."I loved loved loved this book. I have always been fascinated by science and astronomy and I have never read anything by Stephen Hawking, and this book was absolutely fascinating and thought provoking to me. I loved hearing his theories about our future and I agree with a lot about what he has to say about religion and how human fascination with science and space travel is so important for our future. I...
  • 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...
  • TS Chan
    As the final parting gift from one of the modern legends of scientific genius and embodiment of human perseverance, I couldn't give this anything less than 5-stars. “Be brave, be curious, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done” Poignantly bookended by a beautifully written Foreword from Eddie Redmayne and a touching Afterword from his daughter, Lucy Hawking, this book is a collection of essays which attempt to answer some of the ...
  • 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.
  • Science (Fiction) Comedy Horror and Fantasy Geek/Nerd
    Part of the legacy of an exceptional genius, a source of inspiration and a science communicator.Please note that I have put the original German text to the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.Hawking understood how to use his life in many ways in exemplary fashion, despite his adverse health, and to research with full vigor. He was an inspiration to millions of people despite all the restrictions. And he used the nimbus as a geniu...
  • Netta
    Mind-boggling and utterly moving book which is legitimately bigger-than-life as it contains black holes, space-time, time travels, dreamers, discoveries, wonders and, of course, Star Trek. One may think that this book is indeed what it looks like – a genius addressing big and teeny tiny little bit naïve questions that you and me are longing to ask, such as How Did It All Begin? Is There Other Intelligent Life In The Universe? Can We Predict F...
  • Jako
    Even though the book was meant to be as exoteric as possible, it is still rather thorough for the general public. To me, the answers were prolix and discursive. Much explaining was done, but I often found myself asking "How's that relevant to the question?".
  • 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...
  • Brian Bakker
    Dare I say this book felt like an unnecessary addition to Hawking's work this soon after his death? I get it, when someone with the stature of Hawking passes away, the demand for a book is there. And since I believe Hawking to be an extraordinary person, what objection could there be for this release? My main gripe is the editing. It's beyond my grasp how such a wide-spread book could be edited so poorly, making it feel rushed and cheap. There ar...
  • Karen
    The audiobook is fantastic. Interspersed with interview clips with Stephen Hawking, in his own words. And the afterword, by his daughter is a touching end cap to Hawking's last book for the world to read. Simple enough for those without a science background to understand.
  • 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...
  • Toñi
    Sin duda, mi joya literaria de 2018. El libro en sí es una breve recopilación de temas a los que Stephen Hawking ha dedicado gran parte de su vida, pero el atractivo del mismo es la posibilidad de ser entendido (al menos la mayor parte) por quienes no tengan conocimientos previos en la materia. Una ventana al universo y a su origen que incitan a querer saber más sobre las obras de este gran físico. Libro muy recomendado.
  • Sazedul Waheed Nitol
    বইটি সটিভেন হকিং-এর মৃতযু-পূরববরতী কয়েক বছরের লেখালিখি ও চিনতাভাবনার সংকলন। চমৎকার কিছু পরসঙগ নিয়ে হকিং-এর মাঝারি আকারের পরবনধগুলো পড়তে গিয়ে বেশ আরাম পেয়েছি, কারণ তাঁর ল...
  • Христо Блажев
    Големите въпроси имат и (почти) кратки отговори:Сбогуваме се с човека, но книгите остават. Най-популярният учен на планетата си отиде десетилетия след предопределената смъртна присъда, след дълъг, смислен и пълноценен живот...
  • Charly
    This was a very entertaining piece. While I am not anywhere near him in cosmology or any level of physics he made the answers to some really deep yet interesting questions understandable. He carried an extremely dry wit that finds itself in the work. Not lengthy or overwhelming. Interesting perspectives on our future world and what could or could not happen.
  • 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...
  • Petra
    Quotes and highlights; Let us fight for every woman and every man to have the opportunity to live healthy, secure lives, full of opportunity and love. We are all time travellers, journeying together into the future. But let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit.Be brave, be curious, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done.I am uncomfortably, acutely aware of the passage of time, and have lived much of my life with...
  • Cheryl Kennedy
    Forward: Eddie Redmayne - actor who played Stephen in 'The Theory of Everything'.An Introduction: Kip ThorneWhy we must ask the big questions1. 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 futur...
  • hope
    Świetna, uświadamiająca, wartościowa, bezpośrednia, inspirująca, warta poznania...
  • TS
    idk why I'm into science&technology and its impact on the future so much lately, but I'm vining with it.3.5 stars - only because I feel like this book becomes more and more interesting the more times you read it, and the more you retain from it, as opposed to your first time, while trying to refrain from falling asleep after you've had a long day at work.
  • 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.