Andy Martin


Genius in France: An Idea and Its Uses


Princeton University Press 288pp £27.95 order from our bookshop

Is Stephen Hawking a genius? Putting myself in the shoes of some rival black-hole wallah, I might be tempted to say, hold on a nano-second. There are plenty of other people doing fine work in cosmology. So he gets to call ‘Hawking radiation’ after himself. And he gets a Hollywood biopic made about him and they give the guy pretending to be him an Oscar. OK, but is that genius or mainly mythification, hype and idolatry?

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • sorry I can’t spell fluttering. I was agitated.,
    • Probably try and get an announcement out later, for all these male writers who think of fluttering inner muscle sheaths...,
    • He felt the muscles far inside her flutteriung around him,
    • Next week sees return, and we've got discounted tickets on offer, right here: ,
    • We're rarely topical - tricky as a monthly magazine - but we've an article this month all about Laurence Binyon, po… ,
    • "We will remember them" - who wrote those words, and why have them become our terms of memorial? ,
    • RT : Wow. We're over the moon with this stunning piece on My Cat Yugoslavia, 'a truly extraordinary novel.'… ,