When he’s not working on solving mysteries of black holes, quantum mechanics and relativity, Stephen Hawking writes books, like “A Brief History of Time”, through which he explains us the origin of the universe. This book was sold in 10 million copies and spent 147 weeks on New York Times Best Seller List.
In his recently published autobiography “My Brief History” Hawking offers important lessons on how to become a genius. They are not exactly scientific, but they are useful.
Don’t work too hard in school!
Hawking claims that the attitude of the Oxford students was mostly anti-work: “I once calculated that I did about 1,000 hours’ work in the three years I was there, about an hour a day,” he wrote.
Don’t miss opportunities by being too cool!
“We affected an air of complete boredom and the feeling that nothing was worth making an effort for. One result of my illness has been to change all that. When you are faced with the possibility of an early death, it makes you realize that life is worth living and that there are lots of things you want to do.”
Keep it simple.
“A Brief Story of Time” doesn’t include any jargon and mathematical formulae in order to make science be “digested” by everyone. “I was sure that nearly everyone is interested in how the universe operates, but most people cannot follow mathematical equations.” He has trouble with them, too. “This is partly because it is difficult for me to write them down, but mainly because I don’t have an intuitive feeling for equations. Instead I think in pictorial terms, and my aim in the book was to describe these mental images in words, with the help of familiar analogies and a few diagrams.”