Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

I owe a great debt to many authors (see my reading lists below) and in the field of sciences, especially to Stephen Hawking (1942 - 2018, NYT). His book A Brief History of Time (ABC) led me to Albert Einstein and science writers like Paul Davies (I read seven of his books), and recently Lawrence M. Krauss A Universe From Nothing (why there is something rather than nothing) and Amit Goswami The Self-Aware Universe (how consciousness creates the material world), and more recently Brian Cox's The Quantum Universe (everything that can happen, does happen).

My interest in cosmology was piqued by Carl Sagan's Cosmos in the early 1980s ... a Brief History of Time followed in 1988, and the gorgeous illustrated edition in 1996. Thus my awakening to science and cosmology coincided with my spiritual awakening about thirty years ago.

I have picked the book up many times over the years, and also put it down again many times. They say it is the most purchased but least read best seller ever (>10m sold) ... reading ABHOT is much easier with the excellent illustrated edition; it is also much more interesting and indeed fun.


These are the lists (in no particular order) of my five favourite books ...



Siddharta - by Herman Hesse

Freedome from the Known - by Jiddu Krishnamurti

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism - by D.T. Suzuki

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying - by Sogyal Rinpoche

The Book of Atheist Spirituality - by André Compte-Sponville



Cosmos - by Carl Sagan

God and the New Physics, The Big Questions etc - by Paul Davies

A Brief History of Time - by Stephen Hawking

A Universe From Nothing - by Lawrence M. Krauss

The Self-Aware Universe - by Amit Goswami

This is my  complete reading list - from my book en.light.en.ment