Posted by: Tony Carson | 4 September, 2007

Popularizing Science the Hawking way

Science should be ‘as exciting as science fiction’ says Stephen Hawking

Wow, what a great thought. Imagine turning all those young veracious readers of sci-fi from dreamers to pragmatists. Think of the future. The sciences could become more alluring than entertainment.

That in effect is Stephen Hawking’s mission as he publishes “George’s Secret Key to the Universe,” the first of his trilogy explaining the workings of the solar system, asteroids, black holes and other celestial bodies with the help of a set of young heroes.

The book was written with his daughter Lucy, who came up with the idea, and Christophe Galfard, the first Frenchman to write a doctorate thesis on Hawking’s observations.

“Our aim is to make real science as exciting as science fiction,” Hawking said.

The trio wanted to “provide a modern vision of cosmology from the Big Bang to the present day,” without presenting it as magic, Galfard said.

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