The Prospect Interview #174: The real Stephen Hawking, with Philip Ball
Recognising the humanity of a deified public figure
A new biography of Stephen Hawking argues that the celebrated scientist was shamelessly self-promoting and his reputation overrated. Philip Ball joins the Prospect Interview to discuss Charles Seife’s Hawking Hawking: The Making of a Scientific Celebrity and talks to arts and books editor Sameer Rahim about humanising a scientific deity, and why it was that Hawking, out of all of his other similarly accomplished peers, became a household name.
You can read Philip Ball’s review of Hawking Hawking here.
You can find the rest of the episodes of the Prospect Interview here
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org