On The Shoulders Of Giants

In September 2002, Stephen Hawking will release his new book, "On The Shoulders of Giants, The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy", a compilation of seven of the most ground-breaking books in the history of science.

Front Cover (click for large version) The book is an exploration of the importance of five of the greatest visionaries in the history of science and includes works by Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton and Einstein. Hawking explains the significance of each scientist's work and shows how he was able to build on their foundation in his own work.

Each of the five scientist's life and works is described, and the original books are reprinted - one of them controversial enough to be banned by the 17th century Catholic Church, another considered so "dangerous" its author was convicted of heresy.

Included is an introduction by Stephen Hawking discussing these works' importance both to the world at large and to his own scientific discoveries.

This book promises to be a treasure for anyone interested in understanding more about the forces that order our universe, and the way science evolves.

From the publisher's website:

World-renowned physicist and bestselling author Stephen Hawking presents a revolutionary look at the momentous discoveries that changed our perception of the world with Stephen Hawking this first-ever compilation of seven classic works on physics and astronomy. His choice of landmark writings by some of the world's great thinkers traces the brilliant evolution of modern science and shows how each figure built upon the genius of his predecessors.

On the Shoulders of Giants includes, in their entirety, On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres by Nicolaus Copernicus; Principia by Sir Isaac Newton; The Principle of Relativity by Albert Einstein; Dialogues Concerning Two Sciences by Galileo Galilei with Alfonso De Salvio; plus Mystery of the Cosmos, Harmony of the World, and Rudolphine Tables by Johannes Kepler.

It also includes five critical essays and a biography of each featured physicist, written by Hawking himself.

Here is what to look forward to:


The Unfoldment of Modern Physics
Tracing the Evolution from Copernicus to Einstein

Nicolaus Copernicus
(1473 - 1543)
His Life and Work
On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres

Galileo Galilei
(1564 - 1642)
His Life and Work
Dialogues Concerning Two Sciences
(with Alfonso De Salvio)

Johannes Kepler
(1571 - 1630)
His Life and Work
Mystery of the Cosmos
Harmony of the World
Rudolphine Tables

Sir Isaac Newton
(1643 - 1727)
His Life and Work

Albert Einstein
(1879 - 1955)
His Life and Work
The Principle of Relativity


For more information on availability or to order a copy, please contact the publishers:

Running Press Book Publishers
125 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4399

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