In Memoriam: Stephen Hawking

Carl Sagan. Stephen Hawking. They were more than cosmologists. They reached out beyond the hallowed halls of academia to make science accessible to the public. I have had a lifelong interest in science because of their work. Sadly, Hawking went beyond the event horizon this week.

Hawking’s life was unique among scientists because he spent most of his adult life living with motor neuron disease. For our students, his life is an exemplar of grit and perseverance. As an author with widespread interests, his books present multiple opportunities for classroom use.

Read Alouds for Elementary Students

Stephen and his daughter Lucy have co-authored the George’s Secret Key series of space adventures for kids.

Their most recent book, George and the Blue Moon  has George and Annie training for a mission to Mars.

The mix of fiction characters with science facts makes for a fun classroom read-aloud for elementary students.

Recommended for ages 7 – 12.

Secondary Students

A Briefer History of Time: The Science Classic Made More Accessible is an updated and simplified version of his classic A Brief History of Time. He uses simple everyday examples to illustrate scientific principles. This is a nice complement to beginning astronomy or physics. In addition to scientific facts, laws, and theories, Hawking shares his belief that a Someone or Something played an active role in the origin of the universe. At under 150 pages, this book is accessible for middle through high schoolers.

 

High Performers

For your high performing Dr. Who fans obsessed with the space-time continuum, your future physicists, your budding scientists, and anyone curious about the universe, recommend that they read Hawking’s classic work: A Brief History of Time. This contains more detailed scientific explanations that A Briefer History of time, yet is still written for the lay audience. Best for 13 and up. Challenge your physics students with it during the second half of the year.

 

 


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