Life, the universe and everything with Stephen’s talented daughter
This article is from 2007.
What do you do when your father is one of the world’s most respected theoretical physicists, author of the bestseller A Brief History of Time and you want to be a writer? The answer was obvious to Lucy Hawking, daughter of Stephen: write a book explaining the cosmos to the over eights.
George’s Secret Key to the Universe takes childlike wonder and applies it to some mind-blowing concepts. The story follows two children as they access the Solar System through a super-computer called Cosmos. The text is interspersed with imaginative illustrations and bite-size physics fact-files. Asked about the division of labour, Lucy explains: ‘My father was pretty closely involved in the book and certainly had plenty of comments to make.’ Lucy is well versed in fiction, her first two novels for adults, Jaded and Run for Your Life having been well-received. She sees this move to children’s books as a chance to pass on the science she grew up with. ‘The constantly expanding knowledge we are gaining about our universe shows it to be more truly fascinating than anything we could have imagined.’
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