Brief Answers to the Big Questions - Stephen Hawking

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

By Stephen Hawking

  • Release Date: 2018-10-16
  • Genre: Astronomy
Score: 4.5
From 379 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The world-famous cosmologist and author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the biggest questions facing humankind.

“Hawking’s parting gift to humanity . . . a book every thinking person worried about humanity’s future should read.”—NPR


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.

Featuring a foreword by Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Stephen Hawking, an introduction by Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne, and an afterword from Hawking’s daughter, Lucy, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a brilliant last message to the world.

Praise for Brief Answers to the Big Questions

“[Hawking is] a symbol of the soaring power of the human mind.”The Washington Post

“Hawking’s final message to readers . . . is a hopeful one.”—CNN

“Brisk, lucid peeks into the future of science and of humanity.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Hawking pulls no punches on subjects like machines taking over, the biggest threat to Earth, and the possibilities of intelligent life in space.”—Quartz

“Effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and—where it matters—witty.”—The Guardian

“This beautiful little book is a fitting last twinkle from a new star in the firmament above.”The Telegraph


  • Insanely inspiring and wildly explorative

    By jg2295
    Stephen Hawkins enables the everyday human to journey along side him as he explores the biggest questions posed by humanity. What a treat he left behind during his last year of life. This book is life changing and a must read.
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    By Alkhamis11
    One of the best books I have ever read. I can’t stop reading it every night every time I went to bed. Really it effects my daily thinking routine. You well rethink in many different things in your life.
  • An Illuminating book

    By ASreads
    I admire Stephen Hawking. His concise answers really opens your mind of what we can spect in the future. I recommend the book to people that love science

    By Timmiley
    It is a rare experience to read information in a book, that is new and fresh. I read a lot of non-fiction books for learning and find most of the information is something I already know, but every once in a while I find a gem of new insight and creative thought. STEVEN HAWKING has never disappointed me.
  • Fantastic book, concise, fascinating and funny.

    By Madoc71c
    Expectations are high with a book by the phenomenal Stephen Hawking. But even with High Hopes, this book turns out to be a hilarious (in parts), smart, and deep treatise on the physics and history of the universe, humans and other topics. Enjoy.
  • Great read

    By Bookreader2018
    Well written.