This is the updated edition of the 1992 original. It is a suberb portrait of the genius and his work. As his career soared, he found he had developed Motor Neurone Disease, and although he had to spend most of his life in a wheelchair because of it, he did not allow it to hinder his scientific work.
'A gripping account of a physicist whose speculations could prove as revolutionary as those of Albert Einstein . . . Its combination of erudition, warmth, robustness, and wit is entirely appropriate to their subject' New Statesman 'Intriguing . . . There are larger questions here than the life of even this singular man' Peter Ackroyd, The Times Stephen Hawking was no ordinary scientist. He managed to do more than perhaps any other physicist to broaden our basic understanding of the universe. This skilful portrait of an indefatigable genius traces the course of Hawking's life and science, marrying biography and physics to tell the story of a remarkable man.