Stephen Hawking on What Makes a Good Theory and the Quest for a Theory of Everything

Stephen Hawking was criticized for his book, A Brief History of Time, because it questioned science and its theories. The book itself involved one equation, that would change history. His book was published in 1988 on April Fool’s Day. He mentions a lot of different aspects of science like defining a good theory. He was driven by his “theories” and questioned everything like Einstein’s general relativity theory, even theories based on non-gravitational forces. Hawking questioned many previous theories in this book and was looked upon as a very smart individual.

Key Takeaways:

  • The astronomer, Carl Sagan, noted, during an August, 1980, interview that,”The universe will always be much richer than our ability to understand it.”
  • Stephen Hawking challenged Sagan’s notion in his first book of popular science, which was aptly titled, A Brief History of Time: “From the Big Bang to Black Holes.”
  • The book, which sold millions of copies and literally leaped up the best-seller list, was published on April Fool’s Day in 1988.

“Hawking revised the manuscript until it contained a single equation — Einstein’s E = mc2.”

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