Summary My Brief HistoryNot to have all his washing hung out Although you do get snippets now and then For instance when he thought he was dying in the 70s and his children were young he and his wife decided upon a future father and husband after he was gone The man that was selected moved in to get better acuainted with the children Stephen s condition did not go according to what the doctors predicted and months later his marriage was over It is obvious he did this out of love for his wife and children It is tragic as to how it turned outThe closest autobiography in style to this that comes to mind is Roald Dahl s Boy and Going Solo Both authors give brief tales that are full of facts and not much feelingsSo a nice uick read that gives us a look at the personality and work that the amazing man has done over the last 50 or so years Just be careful about your expectations of what this autobiography will give you It will not give you an in depth warts and all account of his whole life But still well worth the read if you are a fan or a
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other works up my to read list In his beautiful autobiography Stephen Hawking focuses on hisworks up my to read list In his beautiful autobiography Stephen Hawking focuses on his life details He didn t mention his family than when it is necessary like when talking about his childhood or his problems with his motor illness that affected his workThis book tells the very brief story of Stephen Hawking his childhood his youth the heyday of his career and the most interesting of all his process whilst writing his famed A Brief of History Also he mentioned his collaboration with Kip Thorne who is one of the producers of Intersellar my favorite movie of all time on Time Travel in the longest chapterStephen Hawking was a brilliant scientist and a genius theorist but above all a strong person who stood against all the odds and misfortunes he faced and despite his illness he found a purpose for his life until he became one of the most acclaimed scientists of all time With the passing of the great cosmologist last week it seemed fitting to read his autobiography as a way of appreciating the man a bit It s a very compact account of Hawking s life hitting the high spots without going into great detail One of the charming aspects for me was the inclusion of a fair number of personal photographs many supplied by Hawking himself and his sisterNumerous tributes to Hawking last week referred to his sense of humour Unfortunately that didn t really come through to me in this volume I can also appreciate that he wanted to be nown for than his ALS but I thought that a little detail about the disease would have been appropriate It seemed to me that his family especially his children got extremely little page time I didn t reuire a tell all or anything too detailed but nowing how the children turned out and what they chose to do with their lives would have been interesting I also wonder if they worry that they may have a predisposition to getting ALS themselvesTo be fair each person gets to be the star of their own autobiography Hawking concentrates on what he obviously deemed the most important part of his life his research Many of the details that I m interested in he probably decided were not his to tell This is a very straightforward short recount of Stephen Hawking s life told by himself It is beyond inspiring and it left me in complete awe for this man but it was not full of sentimental heartfelt chapters describing his endless struggles in life and his battle against his disability On the contrary this was mostly facts facts facts with the occasional pondering here and there It was not at all difficult to read and only had scientific talk when he described his accomplishments and the theories he worked on on cosmology and black holes and the such I m really glad i read thi. Challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS at age twenty one 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 twentieth century Clear eyed intimate and wise My Brief History opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking’s personal cosmos. .
Me time he started to work hard for the first time in his life to get a job and be able to marry herThe first half of the book is very interesting Then something happens in the book Stephen Hawking leaves the story of his life and delve into the world of time like curves singularities and black holes which doesn t fit in a biography but perhaps another book When he wrote
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*was published then *published Then wrote A briefer history of time which of course demands concentration but is understandable and very interesting What s not understandable is this transition from biography to facts about time travel But probably physics are a part of him and he is a part of physicsExcept that the book is written straight forward without much digressions Stephen Hawking uses a matter of fact tone He is not much for shape and dramaturgy but tells the story straight out and that makes the book somewhat uneven It contains much about his achievements and conferences around the world which is fine but it would have been interesting to learn about him his family and his struggle with life He got two years but is still alive today and continues to captivate a whole world I feel like a terrible person giving this book two stars I m sure Mr Hawking has far important things to do think about and write about than himself and it shows in the book One wonders why he bothered or why he didn t hire a biographer to write a concise story instead of making it a slim volume autobiography I m sure given the speed at which he works this was still an impressive achievement but as far as an informative biography of a fascinating person it fails to achieve depth or really deliver very much actual information In that it descends into brief recaps of some of his scientific theories is also a bit of a problem sure these are things he worked on but with only the briefest historical context and given the amount of space provided it s not well explained or diagrammed unlike in his science books focused on his work all of which are very good
Again I feel like I should give him a break under his circumstanceI feel like I should give him a break under his circumstance as he says at the end disabled people should concentrate on what they do well and Hawking can think and write very well But maybe he can t or likely doesn t care to go into enough depth to make a interesting biography That leaves the book what it is Very very good Stephen Hawking s mind an way of writing a book is just genial And after all he s been through he still published this All my respect Nothing wrong with this but it didn t offer up a whole lot I didn t already now so it felt a little meh for me Thanks to Netgalleycom and Random House Publishing Group for a review copy in exchange for an honest reviewCross posted on my blog The Periodic Table of ElephantsI have never read any Hawking before gasp so what a place to start on his autobiography Titled My Brief History is really is brief and to the pointThe style of this autobiography is terse to the point and mainly about his academic achievements His children and wives get a brief mention which is reassuring with the only other personal story being that of the onset of his disability and the management of it Which is also brief in comparison to the rest of the storyI have thought about why this style may have come about and I have several theories each may play a role Foremost he is a scientist and has given us the facts of his life There was no embellishment because scientists don t tend to go for all that touchy feely stuffIt takes a lot of effort for Stephen to write He says explicitly that he manages three or four words per minute using his speech system This short autobiography translates to many hours of work Give the guy a breakHe is a private guy and would prefer. En photographs this concise witty and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books the inuisitive 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. ,
A very brief history Stephen Hawking s autobiography is 126 pages long and would have probably been less than a hundred without the many photographs included However considering that Hawking s maximum typing speed is 3 4 words per minute we should be grateful he decided to spend the time to write this bookThe first half of My Brief History briefly goes into Hawking s early years he was born exactly three hundred years after Galileo s death family education career first marriage and the years following his diagnosis with ALS I ll admit I was curious about Hawking
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His Illness And Only Decidedillness and only decided pick this up after the blog Caustic Cover Critic gave the publishers credit for not giving the bio a standard Haw This makes sense to me Not the physics that will never make sense to me The physics are leagues beyond my comprehension But the heavy leaning on physics instead of personal detail does fit perfectly for what I Fear of Diversity: The Birth of Political Science in Ancient Greek Thought know of Mr Hawking Which is not much than what Inew before going into this book Ask a man who dedicated his life to finding the secrets of the universe and the meaning behind our existence to write a story of his life what do you really expect to get I was happy for the small tidbits of his personal life he chose to share and I was eually as happy to read of his scientific research I could easily tell that his work is just as much if not a part of who he considers himself to be A truly inspiring man Stephen Hawking one of the most famous physicists and researchers in cosmology in the world tells the story of his life in this book Did you now that he is self learned when it comes to maths Or that he wasn t happy when his little sister was born This book includes information that shows the man behind the successWhat made him interested in science and so successful As a young boy he was fascinated by systems and wanted to control them He used to take apart items to see how they worked but couldn t set them back Theory has always been his field not the practical part But solving the greatest mystery of all the system of the universe was a way of controlling it he thought That became his subjectHis family was not rich with a lot of possibilities They had to think about money He spended several summer holidays in a wagon previously owned by roamers His father built bunks with stretchers from the second world war His father came from a poor family and was very economical refusing to turn on the central heat and instead putting on several layers of clothes He also seems to have been a very determined person He was a doctor and his research was focused on tropical illness and meant a lot of traveling During his time in India he refused to eat Indian food and hired a former chef in the brittich army that cooked english foodStephen Hawking is fascinating He is self learned when it comes to mathematics He is a math professor but has no formal education in mathematics after his time at St Albans where he read some maths as a seventeen year old How could anyone be able to learn such complicated math by himself He later tutored students at Cambridge and made sure to be one week ahead of the syllabus He got scholarship and began at Oxford after St Albans as a seventeen year old and the others in his class had done military service and was much older The mentality at Oxford is interesting either you were so talented and intelligent that you didn t have to study or you should accept your incompetence and get bad grades If you worked hard to achieve good grades you were a so called grey man During his three years at Oxford Stephen Hawking achieve good grades you were a so called grey man During his three years at Oxford Stephen Hawking a test before staring there and the final exams before getting his degree He started as a research student at Cambridge 1962When 21 years old he got the diagnosis ALS and learned that he had two year left to live Having met Jane Wilde around the sa. Stephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers 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 Lavishly illustrated with rarely se.