Latest Issue

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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect