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Stephen Hawking, Hawking Incorporated, and the Myth of the Lone Genius

With assistants looking on, the famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking experiences weightlessness aboard a swooping airliner in this image from 2007. Credit: Zero Gravity Corp.

Comfortably sitting in the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in Japantown in San Francisco, I was watching The Theory of Everything with an audience of hundreds. Like them, I was eager to watch the life of Hawking; like them I was moved by his extraordinary story; like them I was restraining myself from crying, especially when the [...]

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Encounter at Dawn: Stephen Hawking, me, and an ATM

A black hole lenses the light of the Milky Way in the background (Credit: Ute Kraus amd Axel Mellinger)

This weekend Stephen Hawking turns 70, an extraordinary physical accomplishment to add to an extraordinary list of physics accomplishments. Seeing this news reminded me of the the first time that I crossed paths with Hawking. I’d love to be able to say that it was in intellectual debate, an exchange of brilliant ideas, but in [...]

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Best Actor Eddie Redmayne on Portraying Stephen Hawking (Q&A)

Eddie Remayne and Felicity Jones as Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde in 'The Theory of Everything'. (Focus Features)

Last night at the 87th Academy Awards, Eddie Redmayne won the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Back in October, I was invited to attend the New York premiere of the film, which follows Hawking’s relationship with his first wife, Jane Wilde, [...]

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Intel Upgrades Stephen Hawking’s Portal to the World

Hawking with Intel’s Lama Nachman, principal engineer and project lead. Image courtesy of Intel.

Movie audiences who went to theaters this fall to see The Theory of Everything got a glimpse of the challenges physicist Stephen Hawking has overcome to deliver his groundbreaking insights into the nature of black holes, space and time. Tuesday the world gets a peek at how new technology will let the scientist and author [...]

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The Human Cost of Science: Stephen Hawking and The Theory of Everything

Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde and Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in the new biopic, The Theory of Everything.

Stephen Hawking is one of our greatest living geniuses—his insights into the nature of black holes, space and time have truly revolutionized physics. But his breakthroughs did not spring from his mind fully formed—they required hard work and sacrifice, from both the physicist and from his first wife, Jane Wilde. In the new biographical film [...]

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A Brief History of Stephen Hawking: A Video Tribute

In most cases, you need to make a huge donation to have a building named after you. The Perimeter Institute, however, made no such demands on its new Stephen Hawking Centre because, well, he’s Stephen Hawking. The renowned physicist, of course, is known for pushing the frontier of science, mentoring and inspiring younger generations, communicating [...]

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Physicist Stephen Hawking hospitalized, “very ill”

Stephen Hawking, ill, sick, hospitalized, Cambridge

Stephen Hawking, the physicist who brought cosmology to the masses with the best-seller A Brief History of Time, is "very ill" and has been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England, according to the University of Cambridge. Hawking is a professor in the university’s department of applied mathematics and theoretical physics. In a statement, the [...]

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