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Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking addresses the mother of all questions: How did the universe begin?


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Pack a suitcase and wave good-bye to planet Earth. According to theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, humankind’s only chance of survival is via manned space flight. With humor and clarity, Hawking addresses the biggest questions: How did the universe originate? Does extraterrestrial life exist? What does the future hold for the human race? getAbstract believes Hawking’s ideas will captivate stargazers and philosophers alike.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How, according to theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, life originated;
  • Whether he believes earthlings are alone in the universe; and
  • What the future has in store for the human race.


Until the 1920s, scientists believed that the universe was stationary. Then researchers discovered that the universe is, in fact, expanding: Galaxies are traveling away from one another. Thus, until one moment some 15 billion years ago, all galaxies were located at the same point. This was the big bang...
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Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking researches the origins of the universe and the nature of time.

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