Professor Stephen Hawking's last book to be released in October

The final book by Professor Stephen Hawking will be out in October this year.

The book will cover his views on matters like the creation of the universe, black holes, alien intelligence, and the existence of God to space colonisation, and artificial intelligence.

Called Brief Answers to the Big Questions, the book will be organised into four parts.

His daughter Lucy Hawking has said:

Communication was so important to our father in his lifetime and we see this book as part of his legacy, bringing together his thoughts, humour, theories and writing into one beautiful edition. We are very pleased to support 'Brief Answers to the Big Questions' and happy to have the opportunity to finalise a project our father loved.- Lucy Hawking, daughter of Dr Stephen Hawking

The idea for the book was born out of the thousands of requests Professor Hawking received from people for answers to some big questions of our time.

He began writing and collating his responses and was working on this when he died.

Professor Hawking was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND), also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, when he was just 20 years old. He was given two years to live. His abilities to move and communicate were increasingly limited. He used a wheelchair and would speak through a voice synthesiser.

He died in March this year at the age of 76 years. He was the longest living MND survivor.

Professor Hawking was the author of A Brief History of Time, which has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. It has come back to the top of bestseller lists after his death.

A percentage of the royalties of the new book will go to the Motor Neuron Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.

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