At twenty-one he was diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative neuromuscular disease. Though the disease weakened his muscles and limited his ability to move and speak, it did nothing to limit his mind. He went on to do groundbreaking work in cosmology and theoretical physics for decades after being told he had only a few years to live. He brought his intimate understanding of the universe to the public in his 1988 bestseller, A Brief History of Time. Soon after, he added pop-culture icon to his accomplishments by playing himself on shows like Star Trek, The Simpsons, and The Big Bang Theory, and becoming an outspoken advocate for disability rights.
If you come and hear me talk about the Hawking book—look, there's an Events link right here on the site!—you might hear me refer to Gay Talese's famous (justifiably so!) piece "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold". Here's a link to an annotated version of … Read More... about Frank Sinatra and Stephen Hawking
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What happens when you’re a genius mathematician, war hero cryptographer, and visionary computer scientist? If you’re Alan Turing your fate is determined by the secrets you keep to save your country, and the secrets you don’t keep that your country uses against you.
Physicist . . . Nobel winner . . . bestselling author . . . safe-cracker?
How do you find out what makes us human? Courage. Intelligence. Patience. (And opposable thumbs help too!)
Astronauts, engineers, cosmonauts, wolves, rocket scientists, and that giant glowing rock in the sky. They all add up to a space race.
“Never hug and kiss them, never let them sit on your lap. … The end result is a happy child. Free as air, because he has mastered the stupidly simple demands society makes upon him.”
Psychologists know best, of course, and in the 1950s they warned parents about the dangers of too much love. Besides, what was ‘love’ anyway?
These things may make the magician, but science makes the magic…
250,000,003 years in the making…
The story of Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two scientists who found and fought for the fossil treasures discovered in the American West in the late 1800s. It also introduces the young artist Charles R. Knight who almost single-handedly brought dinosaurs back to life for an awestruck public.
When you think about atoms, chances are you think of Niels Bohr’s model. But beyond that model (which he soon left behind…since it’s wrong!) his life and discoveries blazed the trail from a world without cars or radio, much less airplanes and television, to one of space travel and the World Wide Web.
The lives of scientists J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leo Szilard offer a cautionary tale about the uneasy alliance between physicists, the military, the government, and the beginnings of “big science.”
Stories about Marie Curie, Emmy Noether, Lise Meitner, Rosalind Franklin, Barbara McClintock, Birute Galdikas, and Hedy Lamarr. Yes, that Hedy Lamarr.
Two-Fisted Science, a Xeric Award-winning and Eisner nominated original trade paperback, features true stories from the history of science. Some are serious, some are humorous, and most are a bit of both. Scientists highlighted include physicists Richard Feynman, Galileo, Niels Bohr, and Werner Heisenberg, but you’ll find a cosmologist and some mathematicians inside as well.
It’s not a book, but it’s also not a true story, so I guess that makes it okay. Even better, you can read it right here on the Web for the cost of a click or two, courtesy of the fine folks at Tor.com. Any resemblance to actual events or characters or locales or physical laws is probably intentional, but not malicious.