My brief history by Stephen Hawking


This is an autobiography of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking. He is one person who has probably inspired me the most in my life. His book “A brief history of time” made me fall in love with physics more than a decade back. So happy that I read this book finally about him and his research.

He talks about his childhood, his parents and siblings in the first few chapters. One interesting fact is that I could relate to his father a lot. His father sounded so much like my own father sometimes. Then he starts talking about his early education and how he got into Oxford and then Cambridge. He also talks about the onset of the incurable disease which caused him to become disabled for the rest of his life.

Most part of the book talks about his research and contribution to physics which is what I wanted to read more about. I hardly knew anything about his work. He talks about his work on origin of the Universe, Big Bang theory and Black Holes in detail. Some part of it went over my head as I am not a physics major. But I do want to read more about these theories. He also talks about his marriage, wives and children.

Just because his theories could not be verified experimentally, he did not win Nobel Prize. My professor would always quote this example to us, saying how Hawking deserved Nobel Prize but he did not get it just because it could not be proved.

I loved this book SO much that immediately after finishing it, I started regretting for not picking it up sooner. I wanted to read this book as soon as I heard it was released but it was costly. Recently, I saw it on deal and bought it. I am so glad that I did buy the book. His life is inspiring and he has contributed a lot to Physics, despite his disability. I will read this book again for sure.

Some of my favorite quotes from this book:

Physics was always the most boring subject at school because it was so easy and obvious.”

“When you are faced with the possibility of an early death, it makes you realize that life is worth living and that there are lots of things you want to do.”

“I believe that disabled people should concentrate on things that their handicap doesn’t prevent them from doing and not regret those they can’t do.”

I have reviewed his book “The grand design” on my blog.

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  1. I have his The Universe in a Nutshell. I started reading it a few years ago, but distractions led me to put it down. Now I’ve become interested in astrophysics again (through some amazing YouTube videos), so I think it’ll be the next reference book I read in the new year 🙂


      1. I recall that happening to me when I first started reading it! I was scratching my head a bit and had to go back through it. It’s the same if I listen/watch astrophysics videos on YouTube. A lot of it is so complex with math that most of us just weren’t exposed to, but it’s fascinating nonetheless.


  2. I like science fiction, but am a bit apprehensive about picking up books on actual scientific concepts mainly because I can’t understand them easily. I tried to understand Einstien’s biography but wasn’t successful! Glad to know that you are able to understand these tough concepts.

    Destination Infinity


  3. Stephen Hawking hasn’t been as much of an inspiration to me as to you, But I do think he can function as a common, everyday inspiration. Thinking about what those with disabilities can do, if I don’t have one, I can so much more and make the world a better place, whether by volunteering or contributing to a science. I liked this review, I’m certain I will pick up the book later.


  4. Ugh the library timeline bothers me too. But the thing is, I do end up adhering to it, which means I read Library books, and neglect the ones I own. Which is why in 2017 I am participating in the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Challenge. I SO need it.


  5. I love the library. My latest check out is Beowulf, translated by J. R. R. Tolkein. My husband bought me Norton’s Anthology of Literature Vol. 1, which has Beowulf so I am looking forward to comparing the two translations. Richard Feynman and Freeman Dyson are my two favorite physicists to read; Stephen Hawking is on my list to read next. Thanks for reminding me.


      1. So far I like the Norton version of Beowulf (translated by Seamus Heaney) than the Tolkien version. No huge reason except for personal taste. As for the story itself…it’s rather sad.

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