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  • Published: 16 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780857503572
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $14.99

Black Holes: The Reith Lectures

Stephen Hawking's BBC Reith Lectures on black holes, introduced and annotated by BBC Science Editor David Shukman , with illustrations throughout

“It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of black holes. Black holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers.”

In 2016 Professor Stephen Hawking delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on a subject that fascinated him for decades – black holes.

In these flagship lectures the legendary physicist argued that if we could only understand black holes and how they challenge the very nature of space and time, we could unlock the secrets of the universe.

  • Pub date: 16 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780857503572
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was a brilliant theoretical physicist and is generally considered to have been one of the world's greatest thinkers. He held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and is the author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. His other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Grand Design, and Black Holes: The BBC Reith Lectures.
He died on 14 March, 2018.

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Praise for Black Holes: The Reith Lectures

“Master of the Universe... One scientist's courageous voyage to the frontiers of the Cosmos”


“He can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit... His is a brain of extraordinary power”


“One of the most brilliant scientific minds since Einstein”

Daily Express

“To follow such a fine mind as it exposes such great problems is an exciting experience”

Sunday Times

“The most brilliant British scientist of his generation”

New Statesman

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