George's Secret Key to the Universe (Hardcover)

Author: Hawking, Lucy

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In his first book for children, the worlds preeminent theoretical physicist and author of "A Brief History of Time" teams with his daughter for a tale of a boy who befriends a computer that helps him to travel to other planets and a black hole. Includes four 8-page full-color inserts of scientific photos. Illustrations.


Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9781416954620
SKU 204484047
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1416954627
Release Date 10/23/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 6.25L x 1T
Author Info
Stephen W. Hawking
Born in Oxford, England, Hawking studied at Oxford and Cambridge, and became Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge in 1979. His work in general relativity has led to a search for a quantum theory of gravity to explain black holes and the Big Bang. Around the time of the publication of his book, "The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time" in 1973, he published his results that black holes could emit particles in the form of thermal radiation, now known as Hawking radiation. Hawking suffered from Lou Gehrig's Disease (amyothropic lateral sclerosis), a rare, progressive, and incurable neuromoter disease that has rendered him almost completely paralyzed. Although he was confined to a wheelchair and able to speak only through a mechanical apparatus, Hawking continued to conduct cutting-edge research and be recognized as the preeminent scientist of his era.
"The authors handily explore a range of themes, among them, the moral responsibilities of science, global warming and space colonization. Four insets of color photos from outer space and Parsons's cartoons enhance the broad appeal of this book, a true beginner's guide to A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME."
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Editors Note Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling A Brief History of Time, and his daughter Lucy explain the universe to readers of all ages. George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe. With Cosmos's help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole. But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos? George, Annie, and Eric aren't about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science. Garry Parsons' energetic illustrations add humor and interest, and his scientific drawings add clarity; there are also eight 4-page full-color inserts of scientific photos.
Annotation Theoretical physicist Steven Hawking and his daughter Lucy have teamed up to create this enticing middle grade novel about inter-planetary travel, a very special super computer, and the endless mysteries of outer space. Living with technophobe parents, young George is excited to meet next-door neighbors Annie and her dad, Eric, who possess Cosmos, an unusually gifted computer. Adventures, excitement, and learning follow in short order.
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 09
Number of Pages 0297
Publisher Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

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