Book on the history of flight gifted to Hawking by NASA's head of aeronautics research Jaiwon Shin

Made:
2003
maker:
Jaiwon Shin
Book on the history of flight gifted to Hawking by NASA's head of aeronautics research Jaiwon Shin Book on the history of flight gifted to Hawking by NASA's head of aeronautics research Jaiwon Shin Book on the history of flight gifted to Hawking by NASA's head of aeronautics research Jaiwon Shin Book on the history of flight gifted to Hawking by NASA's head of aeronautics research Jaiwon Shin Book on the history of flight gifted to Hawking by NASA's head of aeronautics research Jaiwon Shin

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Book on the history of flight gifted to Hawking by NASA's head of aeronautics research Jaiwon Shin
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Book on the history of flight gifted to Hawking by NASA's head of aeronautics research Jaiwon Shin
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Book on the history of flight gifted to Hawking by NASA's head of aeronautics research Jaiwon Shin
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Book on the history of flight gifted to Hawking by NASA's head of aeronautics research Jaiwon Shin
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Book on the history of flight gifted to Hawking by NASA's head of aeronautics research Jaiwon Shin
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Collins Goodyear et al eds., Flight : a celebration of 100 years in art and literature, Welcome Books. "In collaboration with NASA", 2003. Dedication by Jaiwon Shin on fly leaf, and photograph of Hawking with students under tarp inserted on last page. Two blank expense sheets from Cambridge inserted on first page, by dedication.

Among other inserts, this book contains a copy of a photograph very dear to Hawking, where he is with several students under a tarp. A larger copy of this image was also kept on a curved frame in his 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.

Details

Category:
Stephen Hawking Office
Collection:
Stephen Hawking’s Office
Object Number:
2021-561/173
Measurements:
overall: 312 mm x 235 mm x 26 mm, 1.62 kg
type:
book
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government from the Estate of Stephen Hawking and allocated to the Science Museum, 2021