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The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant and page-turning posthumous work.

Why are we here? Will we survive? Will technology save us? How can we thrive?

Stephen Hawking was recognized as one of the greatest minds of our time and a figure of
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Florencia
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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 about finding a rational framework to understand
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André Oliveira
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book Stephen Hawking, possibly the last book written by him, he 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.

Also, I love how Stephen Hawking answers those que
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Lou
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 degree in the sciences, and here he explores some of th ...more
Bryan
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 recommend this book.
Richard
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 Big Questions.

Hawking was a genius. His research and
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Dan Graser
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 and physicist Kip Thorne, we hear Hawking's views on
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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.
Bettie☯


Description: 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, as we face immense challenges on our planet—including climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence—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
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Senthil
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I feel I have become physically , intellectually & spiritually smaller after reading this book.

An enlightening read on some of the biggest questions faced by the mankind, the book is true to its title and does its job fairly well in answering the complex questions in a simple easy-to-understand language ,for most parts.I must admit though, occasionally there were some theories that just went above my noob head.

God- defined as an embodiment of laws of nature and not as a subject to human
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Robert Yokoyama
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because I admire Stephen Hawking and wanted to learn more about science. He asks questions in this book that I haven't thought of like what is in a black hole. There is no definitive answer to this question, but I did learn that a black hole is a collasped star that does have gravitational power to suck in a human being. I learned that a black hole does trap in light and emit a lot of heat and radiation. Hawking supported living in space, and he supports his belief by telling ...more
Hải
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hai Nguyen
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Cuốn sách thứ 100 (số đẹp) đọc trong năm nay tình cờ sao lại hay đến tuyệt vời. Không mấy nhà khoa học khi còn sống đã đạt được sự hâm mộ và quan tâm từ đông đảo quần chúng - những người mà giờ bảo nêu một công thức vật lý đã học chắc chả ai còn nhớ, như Albert Einstein ngày xưa và Stephen Hawking hiện tại.

"Brief Answers to the Big Questions" như là một món quà chia tay thế giới này của giáo sư Hawking. Cuốn sách nêu lên 10 câu hỏi, bắt đầu bằng câu hóc búa nhất: "Có Chúa Trời
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Greg
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this but I'm going through it a second time, and I'm going to list the BIG ANSWERS to MY own personal questions.
1) HOW DID HE FACE PERSONAL CHALLENGES AND BECOME FAMOUS?
Early in life, he was nicknamed "Einstein" by schoolmates. He was working on his PhD when diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). "I became depressed...But then the progression [of ALS] slowed down...and every new day became a bonus..." Under these conditions, he married Jane, had 3 children, and published
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Jeff
What can be better than this?! Stephen's last book is just perfect! If you are going to buy this book, buy the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition as it includes the bonus content of five tributes from notable friends of Stephen.

In Brief Answers to the Big Questions Stephen answers ten of humankind's most pressing questions succinctly with a combination of incredible scientific insight and humor. His arguments are presented in easy-to-digest twenty-or-so page chapters. Stephen is writing for t
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R. Shyaam Prasadh
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. The black holes are still characterised only by their overall mass, electric charge and spin outside the event horizon but the event horizon itself contains the information needed to tell us about what has fallen into the black hole in a way that goes beyond these three characterist ...more
Narong
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ใครทีเคยอานประวัติยอของกาลเวลามาแลวเลมนีกถูกเขียนในลักษณะคลายกันซึงเหมาะสำหรับผูอานทัวไป โดยเพิมเติมในเรืองของ AI การสำรวจอวกาศ และอนาคตของมนุษยชาติ

สตีเฟน ฮอวกิงเปนนักวิทยาศาสตรทีมีชือเสียงทีสุดนับตังแตไอนสไตน โดยเปนทีรูจักทังจากผลงานการคนพบสำคัญๆในวิชาฟิสิกสและจักรวาลวิทยาและจากอารมณขันปนมุกตลกรายของเขา เขาใหความรูแกผูอานนับลานเกียวกับจุดกำเนิดของเอกภพและธรรมชาติของหลุมดำ และเปนแรงบันดาลใจใหผูคนอีกมากมายดวยการทีไมเปนไปตามคำวินิจฉัยทีนากลัวแตแรกของโรค ALS ซึงเดิมบอกวาเขาจะมีชีวิตอยูไดอีกสองปี ใน
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Naseeb Y Nasib
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Al though I have read many books on physics and cosmology it is refreshing to have a scientist not shy away from the ig questions and go on a limb and actually say what they think. I guess when you have nothing to lose you can actually go out on a limb. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.
Dustin Hartley
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The big questions are briefly answered in plain English. The last chapter was especially inspiring.
Mandy
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eown
Enjoyed reading sage advice from Hawking.

It was a much quicker read than “A Brief History of Time.” He did a nice job of outlining key discoveries and even nicer at explaining what it means to earthlings. We have work to do, and need to be diligent. I’m so glad he left us with his insights.
Tas
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
A beautiful insight into an ingenious mind.
Mohit
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's extremely well written....took me back to XII class and made me watch Interstellar again.
Gets repetitive at some points.
Book
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

“Brief Answers to the Big Questions” addresses the big questions of the day by scientists, political leaders and the general public. World-famous cosmologist and award-winning author Stephen Hawking takes the readers on his final ride to answering some of the most interesting questions facing humankind. This instructive 227-page book includes the following ten chapters: Chapter 1: Is There a God? Chapter 2: How Did It All Begin? Chapter 3: Is
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Aditya Gupta
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is a must read for everyone who is interested in learning more about the big questions that confront us as human beings. Everyone amongst us has always wondered about these questions. These are the questions which keep us awake at night. The author tackles the big questions like about the existence of god, beginning of the universe, intelligent life in the universe, black holes, time travel, artificial intelligence and the future of life on earth. He explains complex topics in ...more
Rachel Lowry
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read. My take-away points:

Is there a god? Science says nope. Not really. Unless you’d like to refer to the forces that govern our universe as god, but the idea of a divine creator isn’t one Stephen Hawking prescribes to.

What about aliens? Possible.

Quantum mechanics - I just wish I had the brain waves to get more excited about the movement of particles. But I don’t, this wasn’t my favorite part of the book.

Our planet is long overdue for an asteroid collision. Eek. Add that one to y
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Florent Diverchy
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Questioners of the Universe
Another brief, well explained & captivating book from Stephen Hawking. Add to this the emotional dimension due to the fact it is his last (posthumous) book, and you'll get all the reasons to read it, if you're into science or just curious about our current knowledge of the universe.

Only negative thing I have to say: you see that some of the reasonings exposed in the book, if they could have been re-read by the author before his death, would have probably been re-written, or given extra, more
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Nancy
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have an awe and the upmost respect for the brilliant mind of Professor Hawking. But this book could have waited and been sent to a good editor before being published. There were the same paragraphs in different chapters and awkward wording throughout. So what was the hurry? Perhaps, as Hawking points out, the doomsday clock was moved to two minutes before twelve in 2018.

For the most part, this was not brief answers to big questions but rather Hawking’s opinions. Some of the big questions canno
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Anil Bhat
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read. The simple and powerful language that Stephen uses to describe the most complex ideas is mind blowing.

Few quotes from the book that had a deep impact-
“Our future is a race between the growing power of our technology and the wisdom with which we use it. Let’s make sure that wisdom wins”

“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, ther
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Aligermaa Tse
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He was a brilliant mind, so far ahead of our time but I never knew he was this funny and witty. The book did not only offer insightful information but Hawking's responses were so witty and sometimes even so sarcastic I had to laugh out loud. Regardless, the funny remarks do not tone down the seriousness of the topic. He addressed AI, time travel and many more hot concepts with easy to understand approach. I loved it.
Andreas
In what turned out to be his last effort, Hawking provides his personal answers to ten of life's big questions. The resulting book can seem repetitive sometimes, since there is some overlap between the questions, but generally the great man provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of affairs in cosmology and theoretical physics. This is a vulgarising book, of course, so don't expect Hawking to elaborate too much on the mathematical details of the theories he is presenting.
Amanda
I was so looking forward to reading this book, and Stephen and his family didn't disappoint! There were a few "Wow!" moments when he blew me away with facts I never knew or a different perspective! He adds humor at the right spots, with the right amount of wit.
It's sad that he isn't here to see the release and ultimate success of the book, but his family will know! The science community will miss Stephen, but I have a feeling his knowledge will continue to impact science!
Brian Mikołajczyk
A compilation of the most contemporary essays that Stephen Hawking published in the last few years of his life. Hawking seeks to answers some of the big questions: where did we come from? Where are we going? What does the future hold? How will AI affect the future?

An excellent read.
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Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England. His parents' house was in north London, but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies. When he was eight, his family moved to St Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At eleven Stephen went to St Albans School, and then on to University College, Oxford, his father's old college. Ste ...more
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