"Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything"

By: Jane Hawking


"La parole humaine est comme unchaudron
fele ou nous battons des melodies a faire danser les
ours quand on voudrait attendrir les etoiles."
- Gustave Flaubert

"Human expression is like a cracked
kettle on which we beat out music for bears
to dance to, when really we long to move
the stars to pity."

Jane Hawking

Jane Hawking is an English author who was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire on March 29, 1944. She was the first wife of Stephen Hawking for over 25 years. She has also written the books At Home In France(1994) and Music To Move The Stars(1999).

Jane Hawking tells the story of being married to an astrophysics genius and all the obstacles they both had to overcome until the end of their marriage when Stephen left Jane for his nurse, Elaine Mason, and Jane eventually married an old family friend. Stephen and Jane also had 3 kids together; Lucy, Robert, and Timothy.


This story starts in the summer of 1962 in London.  


Man vs. Self

Many conflicts are presented to Jane and Stephen throughout their lives. One of the most significant ones was of course, Stephens illness; motor neuron disease. 

Man vs. Society

One of the reasons Jane and Stephen Hawking's marriage failed was because of Stephens fame. After publishing his novel A Brief History Of Time, which became very successful, he became to absorbed in his new found fame(according to the author).

Man vs. Nature

Another conflict was between Jane and her life. She had to try and keep up with Stephens 24-hour care and the needs of their 3 children.


The mood of this passage for me was different throughout the whole book. Some parts were happy, others were sad, and emotional.


"There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. However bad life may seem, while there is life, there is hope." -Stephen Hawking

I believe that the theme is based off of this quote that was said by Stephen because it relates to his life perfectly. His doctors told him he would probably only live a few more years when he was very young, but he still continued to study in school and ended up living 50+ years, even having one of the highest IQ's in the world. And even though he is disabled, he hasn't let that stop him from achieving his goals.


I would give this book 4 stars because it was a cool book but I couldn't understand half the words the author used.

Why Should You Get This Book?

If you like books that are informational and emotional at the same time then this might be a good book for you because it has very advanced words and includes some of Stephen Hawking's theories and thoughts, but it also talks about his family, his life, and his disease.

Comment Stream

a year ago

If you had one of the highest IQ's in the world, do you think fame would go to your head?