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Stephen Hawking: Even briefer history of time

In 1998, Stephen Hawking wrote for Prospect, reflecting on A Brief History of Time and what had changed since the book's publication

The late Professor Stephen Hawking. Photo: Flickr

This year is the tenth anniversary of my book, A Brief History of Time. Appropriately enough, it was first published on April Fool’s Day, 1988. The idea of the book developed from lectures I gave at Harvard in 1982. By 1984, I had a first draft and began to consider whom I should get to publish it. My previous academic books had been published by Cambridge University Press. They had done a very good job, but I didn’t feel they had the right…

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