You and the Universe

You and the Universe


“I have tried to answer some really big questions.

“But there are other big questions I need you to help answer.”

Join Stephen Hawking as he encourages young readers to pose their own theories to some of our universe’s biggest questions. Questions like:

- How can we take care of each other?

- What is in a black hole?

- What else is out there in our universe?

With gentle prompts to spark conversations with curious minds, You And The Universe challenges young readers to think about the world around them. With answers to each question at the end of the book, this story allows children to pose their own theories about our planet and themselves.

Written by Professor Hawking's daughter, Lucy, and carefully illustrated by Xin Li, You And The Universe is inspired by Professor Hawking's 2018 Earth Day address. Reminding young scientists everywhere to look up and engage with the world around them.

“Urges readers to care for one another and the planet in this buoyant book.” - Publishers Weekly

“A wonderful book to get kids interested in space and yet remember the Earth!” - Reader review

About the authors

Xin Li (Illustrator)

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Lucy Hawking

LUCY HAWKING is a children's writer, the co-creator of non-fiction compendium Unlocking the Universe and the George fiction series, with her father Stephen Hawking. Lucy is a former journalist, having written widely for British newspapers, and she gives regular talks about science and stories to audiences all over the world.
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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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