“Stephen Hawking’s Universe” web site and books

Stephen Hawking's Universe, PBS science series

A Brief History of Time by  Stephen Hawking explained, in the great physicist’s own words, the theory of the Big Bang and its implications. The book Stephen Hawking’s Universe by John Boslough (1989) was written as an introduction to A Brief History of Time and its ideas. There was tremendous popular interest in Hawking’s book and the revolutionary progress that Hawking brought to theoretical physics and cosmology. That encouraged PBS Television to create a series of six programs about those ideas. The project spawned a Stephen Hawking’s Universe web site to complement the programs. And that led to a spin-off book, Stephen Hawking’s Universe by David Filkin. Also, Hawking wisely teamed up with a writer who created a more readable version of his famous book.

A Briefer History of Time, with Leonard Mlodinow

Stephen Hawking’s popular science books:

George's Secret of the Universe, French edition

Books for children, with his daughter, Lucy Hawking:


He has provided forwards for these books:

On the Shoulders of Giants

He has edited and provided commentary for the works of other scientists:

Technical books:

“…This is a collection of survey lectures and reprints of some important lectures on the Euclidean approach to quantum gravity in which one expresses the Feynman path integral as a sum over Riemannian metrics. As well as papers on the basic formalism there are sections on black holes, quantum cosmology, wormholes and gravitational instantons.”

“This volume contains papers presented at the Nuffield Workshop of supersymmetry and its applications held at Cambridge in the summer of 1985 and attended by many of the leading experts in the field. In physical terms, supersymmetry is a symmetry or gauge invariance which connects bosons (particles with integer spin) with fermions (particles with half integer spin). The study of supersymmetry has led to the construction of Yang-Mills theories, which are the first field theories to be free of the divergences that usually occur in quantum theories, with an infinite number of degrees of freedom. It has also led to the construction of supergravity and superstring theories…”

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