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On the Shoulders of Giants

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On the Shoulders of Giants

The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy

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On the Shoulders of Giants by Stephen Hawking
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Stephen Hawking brings together the greatest works by Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Einstein, showing how their pioneering discoveries changed the way we see the world. From Copernicus' revolutionary claim that the Earth orbits the sun and Kepler's development of the laws of planetary motion, Einstein's interweaving of time and space, each scientist built on the theories of his predecessors to answer the questions that had long mystified humanity. Hawking also provides glimpses into their lives and times - Galileo's trial in the Papal inquisition, Newton's bitter feuds with rivals and Einstein absent-mindedly jotting notes that would lead to his Theory of Relativity while pushing his baby son's pram. Depicting the great challenges these men faced and the lasting contributions they made, Hawking explains how their works transformed the course of science - and gave us a better understanding of the universe and our place in it.

Author Biography

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge (Newton's old position). He is the author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Curiously, Hawking was born 300 years to the day after Galileo died.
Release date NZ
October 30th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Books Ltd
Pages
1280
Dimensions
129x198x54
ISBN-13
9780141015712
Product ID
1684185

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