Hawking Hawking: The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity

Charles Seife (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$30.00  $27.60
Publisher
Basic Books
Publish Date
April 06, 2021
Pages
400
Dimensions
5.9 X 9.4 X 1.5 inches | 1.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781541618374

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About the Author

Charles Seife is a professor of journalism at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and has been writing about science and mathematics for nearly three decades. The author of numerous books, including the bestselling Zero, he lives in New York City.

Reviews

"[An] engrossing, sometimes unsettling account....The author's excellent explanation of Hawking's science makes this a top-notch biography of a significant scientific figure, but Seife also produces a uniquely disturbing portrait of deliberate mythmaking....An unflattering yet outstanding biography of a giant of 20th-century physics."--Kirkus
"Seife puts Hawking's scientific contributions into context, and looks behind the inspiring yet tragic tale of a genius trapped inside a useless body. A much needed book."--Sabine Hossenfelder, author of Lost in Math
"Veteran science writer Charles Seife's warts-and-all biography doesn't hold back from exploring Hawking's less appealing sides. This is long overdue--not so much because Hawking needs cutting down to size, but because he needs to be rehumanised. ... Hawking's life is worth celebrating, but if we make it a myth then it becomes just a story onto which we can project our anxieties and fantasies."--Philip Ball, Prospect Magazine
"Seife's focus is not on Hawking as a powerful scientist but, rather, on Hawking as a dazzling public image, a cultural icon....The outrage this book will generate among Hawking's admirers will pique the interest of the curious."--Bryce Christensen, Booklist