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Author: Leonard Mlodinow Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593290224

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An intimate and inspirational exploration of Stephen Hawking—the man, the friend, and the physicist. A BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF 2020 (The Telegraph, The Guardian) A BEST BOOK OF 2020 (New Statesmen) One of the most influential physicists of our time, Stephen Hawking touched the lives of millions. Recalling his nearly two decades as Hawking’s collaborator and friends, Leonard Mlodinow brings this complex man into focus in a unique and deeply personal portrayal. We meet Hawking the genius, who pours his mind into uncovering the mysteries of the universe—ultimately formulating a pathbreaking theory of black holes that reignites the discipline of cosmology and paves the way for physicists to investigate the origins of the universe in completely new ways. We meet Hawking the colleague, a man whose illness leaves him able to communicate at only six words per minute but who expends the effort to punctuate his conversations with humor. And we meet Hawking the friend, who can convey volumes with a frown, a smile, or simply a raised eyebrow.   Mlodinow puts us in the room as Hawking indulges his passion for wine and curry; shares his feelings on love, death, and disability; and grapples with deep questions of philosophy and physics. Whether depicting Hawking’s devotion to his work or demonstrating how he would make spur of the moment choices, such as punting on the River Cam (despite the risk the jaunt posed), or spinning tales of Hawking defiantly urinating in the hedges outside a restaurant that doesn’t have a wheelchair accessible toilet, Mlodinow captures his indomitable spirit. This deeply affecting account of a friendship teaches us not just about the nature and practice of physics but also about life and the human capacity to overcome daunting obstacles.

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  • “Tremendously entertaining.”

    - Daily Telegraph (London)
  • “Fresh and worthwhile…A compelling read.”

    - Sunday Times (London)
  • “Narrator Dan John Miller does an outstanding job capturing the friendship of the two physicists…Miller is pitch-perfect and shares this story at just the right pace. He never stumbles over intricate scientific theories, terms, or equations. This is a wonderful listen.”

    - AudioFile
  • “A vivid and compelling account of Hawking’s character, its many strengths and its occasional deep flaws…[that] can explain very clearly, the twists and turns of Hawking’s physics as it developed from his doctoral thesis to the breakthroughs of his mature years.”

    - Wall Street Journal

Awards

  • The Telegraph (UK) Best Books of the Year
  • A London Guardian Best Book of the Year
  • A New Statesman Best Book of 2020

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About the Author

Leonard Mlodinow is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives. He also coauthored two books with physicist Stephen Hawking, A Briefer History of Time and The Grand Design. In addition to his books, Mlodinow has written articles for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Forbes magazine, among others. He has also written for television series such as McGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California–Berkeley and currently teaches at California Institute of Technology.

About the Narrator

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.