By Kate Schefer, Digital Products Coordinator
Stephen Hawking is arguably the most influential and well-known scientist of our time, and we were saddened to hear of his passing on March 14.
When I heard the news, I had just finished working on creating the eBook version of Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking. In the biography, author Kari Cornell chronicles Hawking’s life, from his childhood to his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis to his work that established him as a scientist at the forefront of the study of cosmology.
Hawking’s mind reached for the farthest corners of human understanding in an attempt to articulate our place and significance in the universe. His work was that of genius, but his wit, personality, and passion made his books best sellers. A professor and frequent lecturer, Hawking could also be found on television screens, with guest spots on shows like Star Trek and The Simpsons. Many movies have been made to tell his story, as well as books including our biography. It makes sense: he was a man who lived vibrantly, and his story is an inspiration.
I enjoyed reading about the life of a scientist I had only known vague details about before creating the audiobook, and I felt similarly inspired to learn more about our world when hearing about his obstacles and achievements. Hawking had a curiosity and drive that knew no bounds. He once said, “I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.”
He was a true cosmological trailblazer, which made him an obvious subject for our STEM Trailblazer Bios series. This series highlights those who dedicate themselves to the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math.
Digital formats of Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking are now available, as are many of the other titles in the STEM Trailblazer Bios series. You can discover them all at lernerbooks.com, and you can find an audiobook version of this title at your favorite audio retailer early next week.