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The author and narrator of the book, Hawking often appears as an active character given his vital role in the progress of modern physics. He took on a PhD despite his diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease, choosing in 1965 to apply Roger Penrose’s ideas on black hole singularities to create theories about the big bang. From there, he tackled questions about the large-scale structure of the universe, as well as the workings of the tiniest particles science has yet discovered. Overall, his aim was to help humanity to one day find a unified theory of everything and help the lay person to understand it, so that we might understand the mind of God. Hawking admires humanity’s quest for knowledge and makes examples of those who have stood in the way, including himself.

## Stephen Hawking Quotes in *A Brief History of Time*

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*A Brief History of Time*quotes below are all either spoken by Stephen Hawking or refer to Stephen Hawking . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: ). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bantam edition of*A Brief History of Time*published in 1988.**Chapter 7 Quotes**

[…] one evening in November that year, shortly after the birth of my daughter, Lucy, I started to think about black holes as I was getting into bed. My disability makes this rather a slow process, so I had plenty of time.

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*A Brief History of Time*. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.Chapter 2

**Hawking**presents a figure showing time in years on the upward axis and distance in miles...

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**Stephen Hawking**'s own work in theoretical physics, and later he showed with Roger Penrose that Einstein's general...

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Chapter 3

**Stephen Hawking**saw the relevance this had for the big bang theory. After surviving longer than expected...

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**Hawking**’s work showed that Einstein’s general theory of relativity is only a partial theory. It breaks...

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Chapter 6

**Hawking**showed in the late 1960s that there must be a singularity of infinite density and...

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**Hawking**helped to prove this for stationary rotating black holes. David Robinson later used their work...

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Chapter 7

**Hawking**’s work mainly focused on the big bang. Around the time of his daughter’s birth, he...

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**Hawking**, and they determined a black hole’s area could be determined by its event horizon. This...

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**Hawking**, Carter, and Jim Bardeen wrote a paper in 1972 to challenge Bekenstein’s finding.

**Hawking**partially...

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**Hawking**went to Moscow in 1973, where he met Yakov Zeldovich and Alexander Starobinsky. They convinced...

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**Hawking**finally came round to the idea because the spectrum of radiation emitted would be the...

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**Hawking**when he announced these discoveries. But in the end, everyone agreed that if these two...

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**Hawking**’s work turned in that direction in the late 70s, focusing on Feynman’s sum over histories.

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Chapter 8

**Hawking**’s interest in the origin and fate of the universe reawakened while at a conference in...

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**Hawking**, pointed out they’d be moving too fast to join up. At a lecture in Moscow...

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**Hawking**first put forward this idea at the Vatican conference, but its implications for a beginning...

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**Hawking**’s earlier work. But, singularity theories showed gravity to be so powerful at these points that...

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Chapter 9

**Hawking**suggests the no boundary universe model and the weak anthropic principle explain why these three...

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**Hawking**the contraction phase did not have to be the time reverse in the no boundary...

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**Hawking**had to admit his mistake. When Eddington opposed black holes, he did so because he...

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**Hawking**wondered, if disorder always increases, and the psychological arrow follows the thermodynamic one, then why...

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Chapter 11

**Hawking**suggests there might not be one single formula to the unifying theory, just as Gödel...

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