Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Hardcover, 272 pages

English language

Published April 10, 2018

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4 stars (3 reviews)

Stephen Hawking was recognized as one of the greatest minds of our time and a figure of inspiration after defying his ALS diagnosis at age twenty-one. He is known for both his breakthroughs in theoretical physics as well as his ability to make complex concepts accessible for all, and was beloved for his mischievous sense of humor. At the time of his death, Hawking was working on a final project: a book compiling his answers to the "big" questions that he was so often posed--questions that ranged beyond his academic field.

Within these pages, he provides his personal views on our biggest challenges as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next. Each section will be introduced by a leading thinker offering his or her own insight into Professor Hawking's contribution to our understanding.

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Review of 'Kurze Antworten auf große Fragen' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

The title promises "brief answers", and the (German) blurb claims said answers are "accessible and clear". Unfortunately, the answer are neither brief nor accessible.

The book is a compilation of texts from Hawking, begun during his lifetime and finished posthumously. The patchwork nature of the book shows, unfortunately, as several thoughts or explanations (such as about the dangers of artificial intelligence or the components of DNA) are repeated multiple times throughout the book. Overall, much of the writing seems incoherent, with sudden, unexpected tangents to different topics. Many times, Hawking's "brief" answers go on for well over 20 or even 30 pages, and I am left thinking that the answer could have been summarised within 10, had it not been for several off-topic passages.

The answers themselves are hardly suitable for the kind of layman the marketing suggests they were written for. Complex theories and concepts are presented with little …

Review of 'Brief Answers to the Big Questions' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A great book - for everyone (not only those who are interested in science) a must-read. I liked how Hawking answered these questions so well-reflected and explaining the reasoning in a manner that a general audience without a physics background could understand it.
It conveys also an important message, we should never stop being curious and try to understand the world around us. There is much more to take out from this book than just a better understanding of the universe.

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