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.


Nothing’s more complicated than choosing a new telescope these days, and that’s because there are just too many choices to consider. On the one hand, not all are made the same and so they’re not suited for the same purpose. On the other, there are price differences to consider, constructional quality details, as well as convenience and ease of use, and they all need to be mulled over before making a final call.


There are three main types of telescopes you ought to make up your mind on. Refracting telescopes are more affordable than their counterparts and that’s because they are more prone to color aberrations and others. The quality of the image is somewhat lower compared to that which can be ensured by a reflecting telescope. Both the material that the latter has been made out of is better, but it’s also beneficial for a number of other reasons. For example, reflectors are large, which means that they can collect much more light and make it possible for you to glance at a brighter and clearer image.

Cassegrain telescopes are others you ought to take into account. They combine the advantages of reflectors and refractors and still have a somewhat portable design that can allow you to take them where your adventures might take you.

I’d like to add here that one of the core parts of your research should be going through the reviews of other buyers. You need to read a buying guide to make sure that you’re focusing on the right factors such as the aperture and other capabilities and features.

I needed to look at the amount of expertise I had accumulated. As I said, I wasn’t particularly gifted in this sense, but at least I had the availability and was willing to try my best. I know that learning to operate a new device can be a daunting task but I actually wanted to invest in a life-long journey that would allow me to observe the sky as best as possible.

Since I was a beginner and knew little to nothing about telescopes, in general, I decided to get a refractor. An 80mm aperture seemed to do, especially as I didn’t have the budget for anything more. Even after all this time, it appears to me that the aperture is the feature that governs the end price of the product. Of course, other functionalities such as built-in GPS and the type of mount also have a say in the matter, although I hardly think they are as or more expensive as the optical components.

In the end, what you need to find out is your purpose. Decide on the celestial objects you want to observe and figure out your expertise. Invest some time in researching the model you want to spend your precious cents on.