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Stephen Hawking (1942–2018)

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By now, you have likely heard of the passing of Dr. Stephen Hawking, one of the most celebrated thinkers of our time. Dr. Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, advocate for disability rights, and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

If you would like to learn more about his work or life, the Niagara Falls Public Library  and Nioga Library System owns several of his books, as well as biographical books and films written or produced about him by others.

brief history of time book cover A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holesby Stephen W. Hawking with an introduction by Carl Sagan and illustrations by Ron Miller Hawking, whose many contributions to theories of black holes and cosmology are considered brilliant, presents a history of cosmology for general readers and probes questions about the origin and nature of the universe. The result is a beautifully written volume that is not only informative but exciting to read.

• The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking Hawking returns with a lavishly illustrated sequel that unravels the mysteries of the major breakthroughs that have occurred in the years since the release of his acclaimed first book.

• A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking Hawking makes the contents of his first book more accessible to readers–and brings it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings.

grand design book cover• The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow Along with Caltech physicist Mlodinow, Hawking deftly mixes cutting-edge physics to answer three key questions–Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why this particular set of laws and not some other?–and explains that scientists are approaching what is called “M-theory,” a collection of overlapping theories (including string theory) that fill in many (but not all) the blank spots in quantum physics.

• Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays by Stephen Hawking These fourteen pieces reveal Hawking variously as the scientist, the man, the concerned world citizen, and-always-the rigorous and imaginative thinker.

• My Brief History by Stephen Hawking Hawking turns his gaze inward for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution. This book recounts Stephen Hawking’s improbable journey, from his postwar London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity.

• Hawking directed by Stephen Finnigan  Told for the first time in Hawking’s own words and with unique access to his home and public life, this is a personal journey through Hawking’s world.

stephen hawing an unfettered mind• Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind by Kitty Ferguson A remarkable look at how one of the greatest scientific minds of our time became a true inspiration.

 Stephen Hawking: a Biography by Kristine Larsen (Young Adult) This biography, written by a physicist, is geared toward young adults and provides an accessible introduction to the life and work of Hawking.

• The Theory of Everything (DVD) directed by James Marsh James Marsh’s biopic of the celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne as the famous cosmologist.

 A Brief History of Time (DVD) directed by Errol Morris An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris’s documentary examines the untrammelled broadening of Hawking’s imagination over the course of his lifetime.

• Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking Complete with exclusive photographs of the couple, this moving and engaging memoir written by Stephen Hawking’s first wife covers the turbulent years of her marriage with the astrophysics genius, her traumatic divorce, and their recent reconciliation.