Goodreads Synopsis: Stephen Hawking was the most renowned scientist since Einstein, known both for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology and for his mischievous sense of humor. He educated millions of readers about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes, and inspired millions more by defying a terrifying early prognosis of ALS, which originally gave him only two years to live. In later life he could communicate only by using a few facial muscles, but he continued to advance his field and serve as a revered voice on social and humanitarian issues.
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 wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history.
I had never read a book by Stephen Hawking before this book, but it seemed like a great place to start.
I know very little about anything science related, so this felt like a book that would be a good introduction. Hawking has a really great writing style, he simplifies questions and answers to a point that even I was able to understand most of what he said. Even though there were still times when I was confused. He has a great sense of humor. I loved how he answered questions about god and the afterlife. One of my favorite things that he said was this:
“A scientific law is not a scientific law if it only holds when some supernatural being decides to let things run and not intervene.”
Like I said I didn’t always understand everything that Hawking was trying to say, but I would still recommend this book and like to own it eventually. It seems like a good book to have on hand. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.