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My Brief History by Stephen Hawking

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December 2013–January 2014, no. 357
My Brief History

My Brief History

by Stephen Hawking

Bantam Press, $29.95 hb, 127 pp, 9780593072523

My Brief History by Stephen Hawking

by
December 2013–January 2014, no. 357

I’ve interviewed Stephen Hawking twice. On both occasions it was in his old office in Silver Street, Cambridge – in front of his huge poster of Marilyn Monroe. The first time, in 1989, I was a little anxious, not because I was with the world’s best-known scientist, but because I found the awkward silences waiting for his answers hard to manage. What do you do, having asked a question, during the two or three minutes it takes him to put together a sentence on his machine? You can’t stare at him for that long – we’re not equipped to do that with anyone for more than seconds. Ignore him? The way we ignore other crippled folk, without realising it? Hardly!

My Brief History

My Brief History

by Stephen Hawking

Bantam Press, $29.95 hb, 127 pp, 9780593072523

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