My Brief History- A Memoir

Author : Stephen Hawking 0 Review(s)

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My Brief History: A Memoir is a documentary about Stephen Hawking, from the days of his youth to his groundbreaking study of the universes origin. The book talks about his upbringing in London, where his family resided in a Victorian house that his parents bought at a subsidized rate during the war. He was passionate about model trains, which motivated him to develop a war game that comprised 4000 squares. This book also talks about his school days, where Hawking found biology uninteresting, a subject that was a bit too descriptive to him. He chose to study Mathematics and went on to become a renowned figure in the world of physics, in recent times. Hawking was diagnosed with ALS aka Lou Gehrigs disease, in his early 20s, but that didnt stop him from continuing his studies. It was during his final year at Oxford that the young lad was struck with the disease. He recounts that he began to get clumsy, fell down the stairs, after which the doctor told him to slash his beer intake. Hawking mentions that during his three years at college, he studied for just 1,000 hours, which was just around half an hour daily. He managed to scrape through with a first-class degree, after which he pursued a doctoral degree at Cambridge University. As his condition worsened, the doctors gave up on him, which caused him to slip into depression. However, it was not too long after that Hawking began to regain his lost hope. He remembers the young boy, who passed away due to leukaemia, in the adjacent bed. He states that whenever he started feeling sorry for himself, he remembered that incident. Hawking started enjoying life more and soon got engaged to a girl named Jane Wilde. He understood that if he was going to get married, he needed to have a job, which which made him realize he needed to finish his doctoral degree. Hawking started working harder, and earned his doctoral degree. He soon propagated his theory behind the evolution of the universe. Hawking also talks about his marriage in one chapter, where his wife asked the local church organist to move in, as she expected Hawkings death soon. From his bad days to the good, Hawking opens up to the readers, telling them about little known facts about himself.

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