DR LEONARD MLODINOW

Physi­cist and au­thor who wrote books with Stephen Hawk­ing. His lat­est book is Elas­tic, Flex­i­ble Think­ing In A Con­stantly Chang­ing World.

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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

Time to­gether.

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.

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