DR LEONARD MLODINOW
Physicist and author who wrote books with Stephen Hawking. His latest book is Elastic, Flexible Thinking In A Constantly Changing World.
Stephen didn’t let anything go. We would argue over individual words. For me, the argument wasn’t hard, but he would go through a lot of work to present his side. He’d say himself that his best and worst quality was his stubbornness.
I don’t think he could have gotten through life if he wasn’t so stubborn.
We wrote about physics because it was just so beautiful. I thought everyone would love it, if they could understand what we were talking about. I think Stephen felt the same.
I mean, Stephen didn’t think A Brief History Of Time was clear. He described it as the most bought and least read book of all time. That’s why we wrote A Briefer History Of
The movie [The Theory Of Everything] was “broadly accurate”, as Stephen put it, which people took as an endorsement. But I know Stephen. When he says that, he means it’s not necessarily accurate in the details. That was a perfect Stephenism. A detail that bugged me was the moment he gets the idea for Hawking radiation. He struggled with this for months, years. But in the movie he gets the idea staring into a fireplace, seeing some embers explode, and it cuts to everyone clapping, but it doesn’t work that way. It comes back his stubbornness.