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Stephen Hawking has dazzled listeners worldwide with a string of best sellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, perhaps the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inward for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.
My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking’s improbable journey, from his postwar London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. This concise, witty, and candid account introduces listeners to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him Einstein; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a particular black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of physics and cosmology.
Writing with characteristic humility and humor, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS at age 21. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onward through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A Brief History of Time - one of the iconic books of the 20th century.
Clear-eyed, intimate, and wise, My Brief History opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking’s personal cosmos.
©2013 Stephen Hawking (P)2013 Random House Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mario on 01-04-14

Good book, quick reading

What made the experience of listening to My Brief History the most enjoyable?

The story is written in a good and dynamic way, making it easy and quick to read (listen).

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lynne H. Mock on 03-18-18


It was indeed brief, and very interesting. I am still not clear on all the physics, but the findings of his work was understandable. Also, the personal memoir portion was interesting and thoughtful. Being able to hear him speak in his own voice at the beginning of each chapter was a great touch. Dr. Stephen Hawkins will be missed but his legacy and teachings will live on!

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