These are some of the questions discussed by Sylvia Engdahl in this collection of often-controversial essays, many of which are available at her website but which because of their length will be easier to read in ebook form. Her views on the current issues she raises will spark debate among readers, whether or not they are familiar with any of her novels.
While Engdahl is best known for her award-winning Young Adult novel <i>Enchantress from the Stars</i>, she is the author of nine other science fiction novels--four of them for adults and five more enjoyed by both teens and adults--as well as the nonfiction book <i>The Planet-Girded Suns: The Long History of Belief in Exoplanets.</i> Also popular are the space section of her website and her page www.spacequotes.com. But as this collection reveals, space is not the only topic about which she has strong feelings.
The book contains 25 essays, previously-published or new, among them one listing her opinions about various common predictions. In addition it includes two illustrated autobiographical essays and a complete bibliography of her work.
Stephen Hawking is no ordinary scientist. He has broadened our basic understanding of the universe and his theoretical work on black holes and the origins of the cosmos have been groundbreaking, if not downright revolutionary. He has also spent much of his adult life confined to a wheelchair, a victim of ALS. But his physical limitations have done nothing to confine him intellectually.
Hawking would already be remarkable for his cutting-edge work in theoretical physics alone. However, he has also managed to popularize science unlike anyone else. He achieved almost cult-like fame with his A Brief History of Time and has since become a household name by making the complexities of cosmology accessible to millions of people.
In Stephen Hawking, science writers White and Gribbin have painted a compelling portrait of a scientific mind that seemingly knows no bounds. Weaving together clear explanations of Hawking’s science with a detailed, balanced, and sensitive personal history, readers will come to know and appreciate both sides of this incredible man.
Includes new updates in Hawking’s biography and the recent discovery of the Higgs-Boson (or “God”) particle.