For the January meeting of the Village Book Club we will discuss “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” by Stephen Hawking.
Hawking's ability to make science understandable and compelling to a lay audience was established with the publication of his first book, “A Brief History of Time,” which has sold nearly 10 million copies in 40 languages. When Hawking died last March, he left a collected volume of recent writings unfinished. That draft became this book.
“It's the book every thinking person worried about humanity's future should read,” said Marcelo Gleiser, a reviewer for National Public Radio.
The book includes 10 questions, starting with “Is There a God?" and ending with "How Do We Shape the Future?"
In his review Gleiser said if there is a unifying theme across the book, it is Hawking's deep faith in science's ability to solve humanity's biggest problems — be they in theoretical physics or the future of our species on Earth.
“His answers to the big questions illustrate his belief in the rationality of nature and on our ability to uncover all its secrets. His optimism permeates every page,” Gleiser said.
Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for 30 years and the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
to see the book on Amazon.
Facilitating the book discussion will be Anders Gyllenhaal, a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board for nine years.
Cost: Members will obtain copies of the book.
The Book Club is open to members and prospective members only.
Registration is required.