Who does not like Stephen Hawking? He’s an icon of the modern world and what he does not know about black holes and outer space is (probably) not worth knowing!So I was pleased to spend a moment celebrating his seventy years of life by going to the Science Museum to see an exhibition dedicated to him. What did I learn, well not much if the truth be told. I heard a recorded message, saw his zero gravity suit and the script for the Simpsons episode he was in. I am not sure what I was expecting, but surely a little more info about his take on the inner and outer worlds might have been interesting.
I was intrigued to find out he’d been married twice, has had kids, his disease (Motor Neurone) only came on in his twenites and he “speaks” by using his cheek muscle to connect to the (Intel-powered) computer… Wikipedia gave me more insight than the exhibition and this has to be the longest list of things I know nothing about:
Hawking’s many other scientific investigations have included the study of quantum cosmology, cosmic inflation, helium production in anisotropic Big Bang universes, large N cosmology, the density matrix of the universe, topology and structure of the universe, baby universes, Yang-Mills instantons and the S matrix, anti de Sitter space, quantum entanglement and entropy, the nature of space and time, including the arrow of time, spacetime foam, string theory, supergravity, Euclidean quantum gravity, the gravitational Hamiltonian, Brans-Dicke and Hoyle-Narlikar theories of gravitation, gravitational radiation, and wormholes.
Sir Stephen… Thats the next mission… He may have an American machine accent that rivals Siri (male version) but he’s as British as Cheddar, warm beer and rain!
Happy Birthday Year SH!