Photos: 45 books every techie should read

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

In Brief Answers to the Big Questions, theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author, Stephen Hawking addresses the most pressing issues facing humanity today: Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Will technology save or destroy us? These are just a few of the many big questions Hawking asks. He emphasizes using science to help solve the issues facing us, and encourages younger generations to "shape their future." Hawking's final book is important for people of all ages and walks of life.

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SEE: Stephen Hawking's biggest fear: The rich (ZDNet)

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By Kristen Lotze

Kristen Lotze is a former Associate Writer for TechRepublic. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville, and previously worked as an intern in the Marketing and Communications department at Metropolitan State University of Denver.