Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Back from the Moon, By Buzz Aldrin with Ken Abraham; The Easton Press; Norwalk, Connecticut; 2009. Hardback, signed collector’s edition, addressed to Stephen and Lucy from Buzz Aldrin – “Look to the stars – for Mars…Apollo XI”.With loose certificate of authenticity by Peter Sydney, Publlisher.
There are two copies of this book in the Stephen Hawking collection, hardcopy luxury edition, and a paperback. They were actually not kept in the office.
Stephen Hawking's office contained more than 300 books, all located on the bookshelves above the kitchen counter. They date as early as his student years, and the bulk corresponds to his long professional career from the 1960s to the 2010s. From the 1990s onwards Stephen would have used digital versions increasingly, so the books in his bookcases were a select subset. While some items are rare copies -like the dissertations he advised or book drafts- most of the library contents are rather standard prints. The majority contain significant individual marks, and even for those that do not, the connection to Hawking is evident. Books by friends and colleagues often contain inscriptions and inserts that evidence their relationship. Others remind of places he visited, conferences he attended, or relate to having become a celebrity and inspiration throughout the world. Of the books that he authored, there are usually multiple versions, translations, and occasionally draft versions. A good portion of the books also contain inserts such as notes by the authors or editors, receipts, and occasionally unrelated material that found its way into them around the time of their acquisition. A portion of them has also been bookmarked with post-its by Stephen's assistants pointing to the sections most relevant to show visitors.
- Stephen Hawking Office
- Stephen Hawking’s Office
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overall: 245 mm x 166 mm x 35 mm, .915 kg
overall (ribbon bookmark included): 315 mm
overall (certificate of authenticity): 127 mm x 204 mm .0023 kg
- visual and verbal communication
- Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government from the Estate of Stephen Hawking and allocated to the Science Museum, 2021