“A book (1988) subtitled ‘From the Big Bang to Black Holes,’ by the British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), which attempts to explain to a lay audience his ideas about the beginning of the universe, the nature of space-time and black holes, and the possible synthesis of quantum mechanics with the theory of relativity. In it the author asks such questions as ‘Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?’ The book was a surprise success, remaining on the UK bestseller list for more than three years, though it was axiomatically more bought than read.”
Excerpted from: Crofton, Ian, ed. Brewer’s Curious Titles. London: Cassell, 2002.