Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Book - 2018 | First U.S. edition
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Dr. 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 facial muscles, but he continued to advance his field and serve as a revered voice on social and humanitarian issues. 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 he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us. 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. Featuring a foreword by Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Stephen Hawking, an introduction by Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne, and an afterword from Hawking's daughter, Lucy.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781984819192 (hardcover)
1984819194 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 500 HAW
Characteristics: xxiii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Mar 21, 2019

Okay now I have a better understanding of black holes, thanks Steven. Don't think I want to meet one any time soon. I never realized that many of my thoughts on the subjects in this book paralleled Mr. Hawking's. He does bring up an interesting idea; If there was nothing before the big bang, where did "God" come from? Let the debate begin...As for time travel? Forget about it. Only the good Doctor Who knows for sure.

I will explain all those prophecies that supposedly came true to Thecryingprophet. Many of them come from people who retrofit events onto some prophecy in the Bible, when you never would have looked at the prophecy, and associated it with the actual future event. Notice that when these people predict something based on the Bible, like the end of the world, it never happens. Many more have the peculiar circumstance that the only evidence of the prophecy coming true, is also in the Bible, which ought to raise a big red flag right there.

Let me point out also that many people will tell you the same thing about the prophecies of Nostradamus. Are they right too?

As Feynman said, you must be careful not to fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.

Jan 16, 2019

Sadly, Hawking died denying the existence of God. As a pure scientist it should have been almost impossible for him to come to this conclusion.

The rigors of scientific study, research, measurements, and absolute black or white conclusions, should have made it impossible for him to end with this denial of truth. Thousands of Pure Scientist who for years were trained atheists have seen an unprecedented number of conversions to Christianity as they have applied all the rigors of science to The Holy Bible and found it to be, by far, the most historically accurate book in existence. In addition as they have applied the process of measuring the odds against just 5 of the first prophecies in the bible actually occurring, let lone in sequential order, entirely out of the realm of existence. More than 100+ HAVE OCCURED IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER...PLEASE, SOMEBODY EXPLAIN THIS TO ME? The more you apply these lenses to the Living Word of God it becomes even more baffling. Please, do not take my word for it. Reference for me, if you will, a man named Dale Tackett, a former commanding general of NORAD who served under many Presidents, a pure Astrophysicist, who is one of the best known men to convert.

Jan 04, 2019

This book is really a great read and lives up to the title. It is easy to read. Really enjoyed reading the thoughts of Hawking on the various big questions. Hawking managed to simply the knowledge of the various sciences to bear on the questions he attempted to answer shed light on. Highly recommended.

Seelochan Beharry
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Dec 31, 2018

"It's the book every thinking person worried about humanity's future should read." - NPR
"Hawking argues that we are setting ourselves up for catastrophic failure. The rapid increase of the global population with the consequent need for ever more energy and food, our unstoppable encroachment into natural habitats, the huge amounts of air pollution due to the burning of fossil fuels, growing income disparity, cultural entrenchment — all of these combine into an explosive formula for disaster." - NPR. Also, Yi-An read this book. If you read it, LinkedIn her and let her know your thoughts.

Dec 19, 2018

Should be on the required reading list for everyone!

Nov 27, 2018

A brilliant, prescient man. The day I finished this book, two of his predictions came true: gene-editing of human embryos and landing a probe on Mars. It's worth a read.


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