Stephen Hawking was a scientist mostly known for his discoveries in the cosmology field, and his most famous revelation was when he proved, using the complex quantum mechanics, that black holes do indeed emit radiation, which shook the world of astronomy.
Hawking is also cherished in popular culture for his book A Brief History Of Time, a nonfiction novel which can be described as simple and straightforward yet very educative. But that is not his only creation, as he wrote many books besides that. This article will try to offer you a starting point to his body of work so you can enjoy his genius too.
Start with A Briefer History Of Time
This book can be a suitable place to start his literary works if you know very little about the things he talks about because it is the ridiculously simplified version of his better known-book. While reading it, you might have to do a little bit of research to understand his mind-blowing ideas entirely, but overall, it’s a very digestible book.
You can’t really go wrong with this starting point, because the piece is short and it’s meant to be super accessible to the general public and to young students. It can be a way of testing to see if you enjoy his writing style and if you agree with some of his more radical ideas.
Continue with A Brief History Of Time
His work is about more than explaining physics and quantum theories. A Brief History Of Time will offer you an introduction to the nature of time, the strange and unpredictable behavior of particles, and even to black holes. But ultimately, it’s about existence itself.
More specifically, Hawking was trying to answer a question posed by Einstein, which is how much did God, if he exists, contribute to the creation of the universe? It too was written with non-scientists like us in mind, because he considered scientists already have access to hundreds of sources of information, and he wanted the public to enjoy astronomy just like he did.
Finish off with all the other books
There’s one obvious place to reach to after reading Hawking’s A Brief History Of Time, which is Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, published in 1993. It is ideal if you’re feeling a bit confused by black holes because he talks about them from a fresh perspective, and you will for sure learn a ton of new stuff with the help of the book’s simple language.
The Nature of Space and Time could be another one of your lectures. It takes the shape of a series of debates where Hawking and Sir Roger Penrose discussed physics and philosophy on an epic scale. And if you really got a taste of his work, you’ll be happy to hear that he has many other books available for you to explore.