STEPHEN HAWKING AND THE UNIVERSE: A BIOGRAPHY
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ABOUT THE BOOK Stephen William Hawking is arguably the most famous scientist since Albert Einstein. He is a theoretical physicist, applied mathematician, and cosmologist, but he is best known to non-scientists as the author of ?A Brief History of Time,? his best-selling book that unraveled the origins of the universe. His fame is so far-reaching that he has appeared on such popular entertainment as ?Star Trek: The Next Generation? and ?Late Night with Conan O'Brien.? He has even been animated as a character on ?The Simpsons.? Hawking is also well known for being the longest-living survivor of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or ?Lou Gehrig's disease?). Most patients can expect to live for no more than ten years following a diagnosis of ALS, but Hawking has survived for almost 50 years since the onset of the disease. The condition has caused him almost total paralysis, confining him to a wheelchair and forcing him to speak through a voice synthesizer activated by his cheek muscle. MEET THE AUTHOR Ben Sztajnkrycer was born in Montreal, Canada and moved to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking. He is a graduate of UCLA's prestigious screenwriting program, where he won numerous awards for his work. He has written several successful telefilms, and has a feature horror screenplay in development with a prominent Hollywood producer. He also teaches screenwriting at Cal State Fullerton. In a past life, he worked as an editor of academic journals (so he can tell you everything you need to know about lower extremity wounds or human lactation). In his free time, Ben loves watching ?Polar Express? and ?Thomas the Tank Engine? over and over and over and over with his four-year-old son. When his son goes to bed, Ben stays up late and watches horror movies. His other interests include eating fatty foods and coming up with creative new excuses not to exercise.