Stephen Hawking has been called the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein. FI loved his appearances on the Simpsons and the fact he had a fan club. I also love the fact that whenever I hear a computer generated voice I associate it with the astrophysicist. From what I have read, he was very witty and had a great sense of humour as well as a brilliant mind, so he wouldn’t mind my blog about him. So here is some information about Stephen Hawking and about his work — learn about Quantum Mechanics and cosmology and black holes from my selection of class readings for Stephen Hawking 101.
I started with eDS (eResource Discovery Search) eDS search Stephen Hawking and which covers articles and books in our eResources collection.
Read Stephen Hawking’s bestseller A Brief History of Time that has sold more than 10 million copies. It only contains one equation E=mc² as Hawking was told the readership would be halved with every equation included.
Or try an eAudiobook if you would prefer to listen.
First off start with the basics, learn about black holes with this article by Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy Hawking
What is a black hole? By: Lucy, Hawking, Stephen, Clark, Dave, Ask, 15354105, , Vol. 10, Issue 6
Then once you have your head around the basics of black hole you may want to delve a bit deeper with this article from our Scientific American Archive.
The Quantum Mechanics of Black Holes pp34-41 by Stephen Hawking
More articles from Scientific American Archive
- The Nature of Space and Time Stephen W. Hawking, Roger Penrose Scientific American 275 , 60-65 (July 1996)
- The (Elusive) Theory of Everything. Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow Scientific American 22, 90-93 (21 May 2013)
Hawking was Right (Probably). John Matson Scientific American (December 2010), 303, 24
Science Reference Center has a selection of excellent scholarly articles –
- Protecting the Past Is Time Travel Possible? By: Hawking, Stephen, Astronomy, 00916358, Apr2002, Vol. 30, Issue 4
- Where did we come from? By: Hawking, Stephen, New Scientist, 02624079, 7/23/2011, Vol. 211, Issue 2822
- Origins of everything. By: Hawking, Stephen, Astronomy, 00916358, Feb98, Vol. 26, Issue 2
Find out more about Mr Hawking with these great biographical sources:
Biography in context has excellent information and even has ReadSpeaker text to speech technology so you can hear the biography been read in computer generated voice similar to the technology that Stephen Hawking used himself.
Biography Reference Center has a selection biographies from different sources.
Or check out this eBook Introducing Stephen Hawking
If quantum mechanics is getting a bit much for you try this kids book written by Lucy Hawking and Stephen Hawking which is a great introduction to cosmology: George’s Secret Key to the Universe.
What I have learnt from reading about Stephen Hawking and his work is that I need to know more about astrophysics and not be scared of science.