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George and the Big Bang

(George #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,261 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Going back to the beginning of time . . . Discover the final chapter in this out-of-this-world adventure series!

One of the biggest science experiments of all time is about to take place - and George and Annie have got front-row seats! Eric, Annie's scientist dad, is heading to the Large Hadron Collider to explore the earliest moments of the Universe - the Big Bang. Armed w
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Doubleday Children's Books
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Maria Espadinha
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Physics for Everyone

Do you remember reading Asterix, and learning all that Ancient History without even knowing what you were learning?!
At least, that's how it worked for me !
In those youthful days, Cesar, Cleopatra, Vergincetorix, the roman conquests, the Nile, the Pyramids,... and everything else there, belonged to Asterix and nothing but Asterix !
It was just some years later, that I found out how much of ancient History, I was learning there! ;)

This is not History in Cartoons, but physics in
I so love Lucy and Stephen Hawking's George books. Yes, they have all the elements of good young adult fiction: an engaging young adult hero who is simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary, a cast of quirky supporting characters including a sufficiantly flawed villain and of course the messy haired but always good father figure that supports the protagonist. Taken for its story alone, these tales are rich enough to appeal to children of nearly all ages (and that's not a small claim). But there' ...more
Anuva B
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
George and the Big Bang by Lucy and Stephen Hawking is an enthralling adventure that reveals even in the toughest times, one has to be careful and not make hasty decisions. I enjoyed reading this book because it tied real, intriguing facts/pictures about space into an imaginary, fun adventure. The plot captures the reader on the edge of their seat and makes them never want to stop reading. Even though the plot was fast-paced, the book included some important life themes. For example, the book me ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what better way for an adult to learn about science than reading a children's book? the story is interesting and the science inserts and photos included are definitely worth the reading alone. however some of the science are quite advanced even for an adult (at least it was for me). theoritical physics is really mind boggling. but then it's still engaging enough to make me want to read other books in the series
Hestia Istiviani
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is one of many fun ways to introduce about The Big Bang theory, how universe created. The readers wont be feel boring because it contains jokes and adventures. Do not worry because even this book is talking about quantum physic, there's some pages used as explanation (and ofc in an easy way with cute illustration!).

Let your imagination pop while you try to understand how this entire universe works :)
Thanh Thanh
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George's third adventure is good, informative with loads of science and astronomy knowledge. However, I don't think it's suitable for young children as the information about quantum physics, subatomic particles,.., and the LHC machine are too much for their brains.
The story is interesting and fun but it seems to be less exciting to me than the previous books . Maybe I'm too old, but at least I can understand the science.
Vlad Romanenko
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great continuation of George's and Annie's and adventures. Not so much about space travel this time and not as exciting plot but a good story nevertheless.
Royce B
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was scientifically awesome because it is all about science stuff. The reading age would probably be 5th grade and up. George has a pig that his grandma got him for Christmas. George lost his pig and we don't know where the pig is!!! Stephen Hawking is one of the most smartest guy in the WORLD!!!! Want to see crazy stuff happen in this book? Read the book to find out!!!
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don’t care that this is for kids. I love this series. It’s physics and astronomy in a way anyone can understand, and the stories are just fun to read.
Nicholas Whyte
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was ok

From the series that starts with George's Secret Key to the Universe; likewise almost entirely by Lucy Hawking, with a few inserted pieces on science by her father Stephen Hawking and various other well-known scientists. To be honest I wasn't all that impressed; George and friends are taken by convenient plot device to a number of educational settings to have adventures; Annie, the kick-ass heroine of the first book, gets rather sidelined here for other
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
The good: the plot was fairly interesting and most of the science inserts have been really well written for their target age group.

The not-so-good: some of the science inserts are aimed a bit high, and occasionally the book shoehorns an unnecessary science reference in with all the subtlety of a punch to the face. Example:

A scientist is talking to George about a group who are trying to disrupt the LHC experiments. He tells George: "They are the unseen, the dark force. They are all around us." to
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suitable for gr. 3-7. Older readers will be turned off by the simple plot and apparently young characters, although the science-minded might still enjoy the science sections. This is the third book in the series, but there was enough explanation that this volume can stand alone. Strong male protagonist - unfortunately the female character, while very intelligent, definitely plays second fiddle to George. The science fiction adventure story (evil anti-science types want to blow up the Large Hadro ...more
Sophie Crane
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, space
A Great read with lots of science knowledge.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My kids adore this series. I hope there are many more. A perfect combo of adventure and science, with characters who stick together, redefine what family means and hook kids on scientific ideas.
Adrian Spasov
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alastair Hudson
Oct 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, childrens
This wasn't my choice for the kids bedtime reading but a good friend thought they'd like it.
'Good credentials; Stephen Hawking and his kids wrote it... with a few notable names in the world of quantum physics providing some technical explanations.
Personally I hated the illustrations, but I'm very picky about that so it can be forgiven. All good so far.

The story was passable with humour and a few deeper emotional notes at play but... not very engaging. The major problem was that the story got reg
Abigail Rhee
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Ilario Botti
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“George and the Big Bang” is a great book by Lucy and Stephen Hawking. It is about a boy, his friend, and his friend’s father who go on adventures in the Universe, Moon and other places out and in our Galaxy. The book is very informative while still being fun and entertaining. A lot of it is based in real life places like the LHC (Large Hadron Collider). The book has a great storyline and you will want to read it all in one night. Even though it’s a kids book, it does have many confusing concept ...more
CL De Rekla Zykrona
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Same as before: quit bashing Western civilization for all the world's woes...if you want something done about pollution, write your global warming drivel books in the languages of the nations/powers who could care less, and are doing nothing about it. The West is doing far more than you credit them. Mostly, let these works be about SCIENCE and not propaganda; those that don't find cyclical climate change to be man-made ALSO reference science.
Apsar Ali
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
STEPHEN HAWKING strikes again, lovely sci-fi series from the genius , even though story wise this lacks a bit but the ultimate aim of this book of teaching the sci-fi theories and spreading light towards the knowledge of universe stands unique.. Sci-fi from the genius.. Longing to complete the whole series soon.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
My son and I were entertained by this book, but the ending fell a little flat. The whereabouts of a certain porquine were left up in the air.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It makes a slow start, builds up tension, and comes to a climax.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book us a very interesting book that the characters go through hardships to have things normal again.
Adolfo Andrade
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your kids are into science, this is a great book to listen to on a road trip.
Kathy Nealen
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Third sequel in this series by Stephen Hawking’s daughter. Its sidebars are authored by several other scientists. It provides unsolved mysteries to inspire any future scientists who may be reading.
story is Ok. science facts are fun
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
A fun book that mixes science fact with science fiction by Lucy and Stephen Hawking.
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Note: this was a read-aloud to my six-year-old daughter.

OK, the bloom is kind of off the rose for me as it pertains to this series, after this #3 book. It just did not as skillfully (in my opinion) weave information and teaching INTO the story line as the previous two books did. Instead, much of the teaching was inserted in gray pull-out sections at the ends of each chapter. These were not targeted towards a child reader (well, not to a child as young as my 6yo daughter for sure, and even I foun
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