George's Secret Key to the Universe by Stephen Hawking

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In their bestselling book for young readers, noted physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter, Lucy, provide a grand and funny adventure that explains fascinating information about our universe, including Dr. Hawking's latest ideas about black holes. It's the story of George, who's taken through the vastness of space by a scientist, his daughter, and their super-computer named Cosmos. George's Secret Key to the Universe was a New York Times bestseller and a selection of Al's Book Club on the Today show.
 

About Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including, most recently, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His books for the general reader include the classic A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe in a Nutshell, and A Briefer History of Time. He lives in Cambridge, England.Leonard Mlodinow received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and teaches at Caltech. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives, Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, War of the Worldviews: Science versus Spirituality (with Deepak Chopra), Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life, and Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace. He also wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He lives in South Pasadena, California.
 
Published January 4, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 314 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Like their first two collaborations, the Hawkings’ third and final George book offers a hybrid mixture of made-up adventures in space/time interleaved with miniessays on, as one character unoriginally puts it, “life, the Universe, and everything.” Most of the action centers on Switzerland’s Lar...

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George learns about the stellar life cycle, rides on a comet and then, thanks to a recent notion of physicist Hawking’s that black holes evaporate (over millions of years), helps to rescue Eric, who has been tricked into falling into a black hole by rival astrophysicist Graham Reeper.

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In this first volume of a projected trilogy, George Greenby—whose technophobic parents have done their best to shelter him from the dangers of the modern world (computers, television, grape soda, etc.)—meets his headstrong new neighbor Annie, her scientist father and his super-computer Cosmos, a ...

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After Eric very patiently explains a little bit about space, technology and the good and bad ways in which it can be used, George and Lucy suddenly find themselves exploring, and what a trip it is.

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Like their first two collaborations, the Hawkings' third and final George book offers a hybrid mixture of made-up adventures in space/time interleaved with miniessays on, as one character unoriginally puts it, "life, the Universe, and everything."

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Gather Books

George, Eric, Lucy, and to a lesserextent, George's parents, Lucy's mother, and bad guy teacher Dr.Reeper, are all well characterised.

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Common Sense Media

Like the Hawkings' previous George books, George's Secret Key to the Universe and George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt, GEORGE AND THE BIG BANG presents a strange mix of fact and fiction.

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Common Sense Media

This might be forgivable in straight sci-fi or fantasy (though even there kids like to have things make sense), but in a book that purports to teach the basics of astronomy and physics, it's just confusing -- how are young readers to know what's true, what's theoretical, and what's just plain non...

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BellaOnline

And what about the big science competition - does George have a chance?

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