Stephen Hawking, perhaps the most famous physicist in the world, died last month at the age of 76. But his memory lives on when a book by the deceased scientist is auctioned off this week.
The book "The Archeology of the Industrial Revolution" was signed by Hawking in 1973, shortly before he could write his name due to ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. In addition to Hawking's signature, the book is also signed by several other members of the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy at the University of Cambridge to celebrate that an employee is giving up his job as a computer operator
Under Hawking's signature is the inscription: "With gratitude and best wishes from the friends of the IOA computer staff."
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The book has some "light that pulls away from the binder" at the bottom of the signature page, but is "overall in near-good condition," as stated in the description of the lot is called. It also comes with an e-mail chain that proves ownership by the recipient of the book and is described as a "fantastic item caught during the brief period in which Hawking's physical condition deteriorated, but his intellectual achievements quickly accelerated . "
The famous physicist was a researcher at the Institute from 1968 to 1973. It was during his time there that he published what many had published his first important book, "The Spatial Structure of Space-Time", 1973. 19659011] In addition to the book's publication, Hawking's time at the institute is one of his most important ones, where he made early breakthroughs in both black holes and quantum mechanics.
It was also during his time in Cambridge, where he was diagnosed with ALS, a fatal motor neuron disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and atrophy. In 1975, Hawking was confined to a wheelchair.
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Although Hawking, who passed away on March 14, has become physically disabled, Hawk succeeded to lead fulfilled life. Some of his notable accomplishments include writing books, including the bestseller, "A Brief History of Time," teaching physics and math, making speeches, floating in weightlessness while working in the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity.
Not modest about his life's work, he once said, "My goal is simple, it's a complete understanding of the universe, why it is and why it is exists. "
Bidding for the book starts at $ 28,000 and the auction ends on April 26th.
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