Is there other intelligence in the universe? How did it all begin? Is time travel possible? Will artificial intelligence outsmart us? What’s inside a black hole? These are just a few of the questions addressed in this wide-ranging, passionately argued book Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking (Bantam Books, 2018). Hawking is recognized as one of the greatest minds of our time and a figure of inspiration after defying his ALS diagnosis at age 21. He is known for his breakthroughs in theoretical physics as well as his ability to make complex concepts accessible for all and was beloved for his mischievous sense of humor. At the time of his death, in 2018, Hawking was working on a final project: a book compiling his answers to the “big” questions that he was so often posed — questions that ranged beyond his academic field. Almost everything in Brief Answers is effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and — where it matters — witty. Join us to discuss whether Hawking’s “big answers” help us better understand our universe.