The Authors

Welcome to the website for George's Secret Key to the Universe!

George's Secret Key to the Universe is an adventure story where all the adventures are based on real science. It is a journey across space to learn more about the Universe in which we live and a journey through physics - the laws that govern the Universe - to understand more about it. But it's also the story of a lonely boy and how his life changes when he meets his new next-door neighbours, Annie and Eric. Annie is mad about the ballet and Eric, her father, is a scientist. Eric works with a computer called Cosmos who is so powerful and so clever he can draw you a doorway, through which you can walk (if you're wearing a space suit that is! It's very cold in space, around -270 C) to any point in the known Universe.

Now, my computer and yours may not be as powerful as Cosmos, but we've still got some wonderful and exciting pictures to show you on our website. You too can see some of the amazing sights in outer space that George discovers. Like George, you can go on a journey to places that no other human being has been before.

Writing this book with my dad, Stephen Hawking was a lot of fun for both of us. So I hope you enjoy George's Secret Key to the Universe and I hope you want to come back to hear more about George's adventures next year, when he takes off once more, destination unknown . . .

Best of luck with your cosmic voyages and remember, Space Rocks!

Lucy Hawking

Lucy and Stephen Hawking

Lucy Hawking

LUCY HAWKING is the author of two adult novels, and has written for the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, The Times and the Evening Standard and has been a guest presenter and regular contributor on radio.

Stephen Hawking

STEPHEN HAWKING is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge and is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. His adult book A Brief History of Time has been a publishing sensation.

Christophe Galfard

CHRISTOPHE GALFARD (PhD) is a former research student of Stephen Hawking and has collaborated on the scientific storyline, details and images within this book. Christophe now lives in France, where he works on explaining science in entertaining ways.

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Cosmos