Best Selling Stephen Hawking Books

Stephen William Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and one of the most famous authors of his time. He published many books revolving around the various questions of the universe and our existence. His writings challenge the human understanding and working of the world. Hawking’s novels have appeared on the British Sunday Times Bestseller List for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

Find out which Stephen Hawking Books made the top cut.

Bestselling Stephen Hawking Books – Price & Ratings (2019)

Stephen Hawking BooksPriceRating
A Brief History Of TimeRs.3084.4/5
The Grand DesignRs.3434.4/5
On The Shoulders Of GiantsRs.8004.5/5
Black Holes And Baby Universes And Other EssaysRs.3834.1/5
The Universe In A NutshellRs.9874.7/5

1. A Brief History Of Time


A Brief History of Time is a piece of writing that tries to answer some unanswered questions that trouble every fanatic’s mind. From the big bang and the black holes to the theories of Einstien and Newton, Hawking sheds light on the most complex concepts and ideas of physics. This book helps us understand the beginning of time, if time can run backwards and if there is any boundary to this universe.

Year Of Publication: 1988

Number Of Copies Sold: More than 10 million copies

Price: Rs.308

Awards: Listed under the London Sunday Times Bestseller List for more than 5 years

2. The Grand Design


The Grand Design is a novel about scientific ideas relating to the mysteries of the Universe. Hawking examines the history of science and discusses the multi-dimensional M-Theory. It also discards the existence of Unified Field Theory. The book starts with the claims of nature working by law and not by the will of the gods. It later moves into the concept that Earth is not located at the centre of the Universe. Is it our benevolent creator who set things in motion or does science offer a different explanation? You’ll have to read this endearing piece to find out.

Year Of Publication: 2010

Number Of Copies Sold: More than 10 million copies worldwide

Price: Rs.343

Awards: No. 1 bestseller on and No. 2 on, Topped the list of adult non-fiction books under The New York Times Non- Fiction Best Seller Li st in 2010.

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3. On The Shoulders Of Giants

On The Shoulders Of Giants is a compilation of scientific texts and original papers from Einstein, Copernicus, Galilei, Kepler, and Newton. Hawking explains how the works of these thinkers changed the course of science. His commentary of several theories tells us how astronomy and physics have ushered from the middle age into the modern world.

Year Of Publication: 2002

Number Of Copies Sold: More than 65,000 copies worldwide

Price: Rs.800

4. Black Holes And Baby Universes And Other Essays

Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays is a collection of 12+ essays and critical pieces ranging from being affectionate and personal to wholly scientific. Hawking discusses the black hole thermodynamics, special relativity, general relativity and quantum mechanics alongside his life as a young boy, scientist, world’s citizen, and imaginative thinker. The book also includes a popular interview with professor Hawking.

Year Of Publication: 1993

Number Of Copies Sold: More than 5.5 million copies worldwide

Price: Rs.383

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5. The Universe In A Nutshell


Curated as a sequel to A Brief History Of Time, The Universe, in a nutshell, pushes the boundaries of popular notions and reasons of physics beyond relativity and quantum theory. This theoretical physics book takes the superstring theory and imaginary time into a dizzying new world of M-theory and branes. In this book, Stephen Hawking makes a glorious effort to explain everything that happens in the Universe by combining the popular theories of renowned scientists into one absolute theory.

Year Of Publication: 2001

Number Of Copies Sold: More than 10 million copies worldwide

Price: Rs.987

Awards: The Aventis Prizes For Science Books in 2002

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