This week saw the passing of Doctor Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking rose to prominence as a brilliant theoretical physicist in the mid-1960's while studying at University College in Oxford. He won numerous accolades, a fellowship, and honorary positions throughout his life. Mr. Hawking contracted ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, during his graduate studies, but despite being given a life expectancy of two years, Hawking proved resilient and lived a long life with his wife and children.
If you are interested in Mr. Hawking, the St. Tammany Parish Library has several items available:
Kitty Ferguson originally wrote this biography in 1992. Updated in 2012, it remains one of the better biographies on Mr. Hawking.
This biography is aimed at juvenile readers who are interested in the accomplishments of Mr. Hawking and what his life has been like.
Hawking's masterpiece, A Brief History of Time was originally published in 1988. This updated edition highlights advancements made in understanding both the micro- and macrocosms of the universe, and much in between.
Co-written by Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design discusses some of the deeper questions in physics, such as why we exist, why the universe exists, and why we have certain rules in physics as opposed to others. Hawking and his peers ultimately seek to answer what they call "Grand Unified Field Theories."
Are you stumbled by A Brief History of Time? Mr. Hawking released a condensed version of his best-seller. Not only was Stephen a proponent of science, but also in disseminating scientific information to the public in as painless a way as possible.
Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, this biographical film shows the highlights of Mr. Hawking's grad school and adult days, his coping with ALS, and his quest to maintain and provide for his family and prove that his disease does not define who he is or what he can achieve.
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