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.


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, the origin of the universe.

During the past century, scientists have made significant breakthroughs regarding the evolution of the universe “in all but the most extreme conditions,” but until recently, they’d made little progress regarding the “initial conditions of the universe...

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Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time, was generally considered to be the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein. Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018.

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