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  • The best part of the book for me is Hawking's commentaries on the five scientists� lives
  • I consider the biographies as the meat of the book since my interest is in the similarities of these great men to ordinary folks like you and me
  • I think that because of Hawking's insight into the kind of work they do, since he is a scientist too, allowed him to write a more balanced commentary on the scientists' lives and on their worldview-changing genius
  • For ordinary, non-technical readers, Stephen Hawking's, 'On the Shoulders of Giants' provide an interesting history on the development of Astronomy and Physics from the 16th century to the present time

    • by Maia Chou
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      The title of the book is taken from one of Newton’s letter to Robert Hooke in 1676. Newton had written, “If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”.

      The book is about five scientists whose works have influenced the development of modern science and Astronomy: Nicolas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Sir Isaac Newton and


      Albert Einstein.

      The book is a compilation of their biographies and selected excerpts of their translated works.

      I liked the book because it is about great scientists, was illustrated, and was edited and has commentaries of Stephen Hawking.

      Hawking writing style is simple and straight-forward.

      The book’s biographies of the scientists were an entertaining and enlightening read.

      The best part of ...


      • the book for me is Hawking’s commentaries on the five scientists� lives.

        I consider the biographies as the meat of the book since my interest is in the similarities of these great men to ordinary folks like you and me.

        I think that because of Hawking’s insight into the kind of work they do, since he is a scientist too, allowed

        him to write a more balanced commentary on the scientists’ lives and on their worldview-changing genius.

        The excerpts of the scientists’ translated work are very technical and useful to students of Physics and Astronomy.

        For ordinary, non-technical readers, Stephen Hawking’s, ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ provide an interesting history on the development of Astronomy and Physics from the 16th century to the present time.




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