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Brief Answers to the Big Questions


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Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His books for the general reader include My Brief History, the classic A Brief History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universes, The Universe in a Nutshell, and, with Leonard Mlodinow, A Briefer History of Time and The Grand Design. He also co-authored a series of children's books with his daughter, beginning with George's Secret Key to the Universe. Stephen Hawking died in 2018.


"It's a book every thinking person worried about humanity's future should read. . . . Hawking's parting gift to humanity."-NPR

"[Hawking is] a symbol of the soaring power of the human mind."-The Washington Post

"Hawking's final message to readers . . . is a hopeful one."-CNN

"[Brief Answers to the Big Questions offers] brisk, lucid peeks into the future of science and of humanity."-The Wall Street Journal

"Hawking pulls no punches on subjects like machines taking over, the biggest threat to Earth, and the possibilities of intelligent life in space."-Quartz

"Brief Answers is effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and-where it matters-witty."-The Guardian

"This beautiful little book is a fitting last twinkle from a new star in the firmament above."-The Telegraph

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