Book: Short answers to the big questions; Author: Stephen Hawking; Publisher: John Murray / Hachette India; Pages: 232; Price: Rs…
Book: Short answers to the big questions; Author: Stephen Hawking; Publisher: John Murray / Hachette India; Pages: 232; Price: Rs 650
This book began when Stephen Hawking lived but was published posthumously this month. It is charged by publishers as their final thoughts and draws to a large extent from essays, key figures and lectures that he wrote or delivered during his time on earth and presents the essence of his thoughts on some of the most important issues that the late cosmologist considered to be of great importance to planet and humanity as a whole.
For example, the universe is oppressed without the help of God – but more of the latter.
The book’s value is as always in the light of the questions he addresses. But Hawk’s last book ̵
1; unlike most of his past works, including “A Short History of Time” – does not only depend on instructions or thoughts but is filled with white and humor and, when necessary, is anecdotal in its structure.
So readers are also given the opportunity to watch Hawking, in addition to their work. For example, when he describes why you do not hesitate to ask big questions, he shares his personal relationship with his son Tim and reminds that the reader like a child Tim once asked him if there were many universes dotted around. Hawking told him that he should never be afraid to come up with an idea or a hypothesis, no matter how much it may seem. This was Hawking in a dad’s shoes, but he tells the experience of clarifying his point and succeeding.
In another instance, Hawking is questioned about his dream as a child and if it is correct. His response gives a glimpse of humanity. “I wanted to be a great researcher, but I was not a very good student at school and was rarely more than halfway in my class. My work was motionless and my writing was not so good. But I had good friends at school. talked about everything and especially the origin of the universe. This is where my dream started, and I am very happy that it has become true. “
The book is rich in such personal notes that gives readers an insight into how Hawking behaved or thought his personal life and what went into forming his extraordinary personality.
Coming to “Short Response,” Hawking seems almost convinced that the population’s explosion and the pace we exploit on the planet make the end imminent. With reference to population, climate change, global warming, nuclear weapons and even political instability, Hawking claims that any of these or the sum of their results can wipe out humanity from the earth.
His terrible warning is that the earth, if global warming continues, it can be like Venus – “boiling hot and raining sulfuric acid, but at a temperature of 250 degrees Celsius”. The concern is further intensified, as he believed, we may already be late to check this.
Even before this was held, Hawking was convinced that a nuclear disaster would cause people to wipe themselves.
So the “big question” deriving from his conclusion is: What are people to do to survive? “Short Response” is: Venture into space to not rely solely on a planet. If humanity is to survive, it can not keep all its eggs in a basket, he wrote. Hawking then suggests that the development in scientific and technological progress can make it possible for humans to survive – but even if it happens, most other species on Earth will be destroyed and “it will be on our conscience as a race.”  In a nutshell he points out that humans have no alternative but to colonize other planets and moons. He suggests that a long-term strategy should be designed to explore other planets and moons looking for a new home, claiming that planets in other solar systems can be a more viable alternative than ours.
But why should it happen? Is God so unfriendly to allow extinction of people? The conclusion he had reached was that there is no God. “There is no God. No one is targeting the universe,” he writes. “For centuries, it was thought that disabled people I lived under a curse attributed to God,” he adds. “I prefer to believe that everything can be explained in another way, according to nature’s laws.”
Discuss the beginning of the universe, Hawking says there was no such thing as “time” before the Big Bang. “The role of time playing at the beginning of the universe is, in my opinion, the last key to removing the need for a great-size creator and revealing how the universe was created,” he says.
Overall, “Short answers to the big questions” is a wonderful yet important reading for anyone trying to understand our place in the bigger world. The book makes justice to the title and presents short answers to major questions. This book is also the last opportunity for readers to understand the man who Hawking was.
Finally, we find that Hawking was extremely grateful for the life he could have lived and acknowledged that some of his popularity might have had to do with his disability. Nevertheless, he had a single endeavor – to find answers to all major questions that culminated in his mind. And he lived his life after this goal. Hawking did not believe in an afterlife, but he will certainly live long after his death in human memory.
(Saket Suman can be contacted at [email protected])
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