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A brief history of the making of 'Everything'
A brief history of the making of 'Everything'

In 1988, along with 10 million others, I spent several days trying to decipher, decode and demystify "A Brief History of Time" by professor Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned physicist. Failed. Reading is not the same thing as understanding, and the professor did a fine job of making all 10 million of us feel simultaneously stupid and grateful, blissfully bamboozled, in awe and inept, shunted to the threshold of the incomprehensible to ponder the very, very big from a vantage of feeling very, very small. What an icon Hawking is — a dramatis persona from writer's heaven. His theories about time and space had deservedly made him famous, but it is his...

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