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Stephen Hawking who died in 2018 aged 76

Stephen Hawking who died in 2018 aged 76

The life of Stephen Hawking, who died in 2018, has been much mythologised. But as well as an icon, he really was a great scientist, whose mind-expanding work has inspired countless curious young people. His posthumous Brief Answers to the Big Questions (John Murray) does exactly what the title says, in Hawking’s customary pithy, thought-provoking popular style. It seems we like it when physicists get straight to the point. The Italian Carlo Rovelli’s bestselling Seven…

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