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Memoirs on Stephen William Hawking just published

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 15.04.2019, 16:40 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] The latest volume of Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, published online 03/04/2019, comprises 21 fascinating accounts of the lives and work of some of the most prominent scientists of our time. Perhaps most prominent of these memoirs is on Stephen Hawking, renowned for his contributions to our understanding of gravity, black holes and cosmology. Stephen Hawking was elected a Fellow

of the Royal Society in 1974 at the exceptionally early age of 32. His contributions to the understanding of gravity, black holes and cosmology were truly immense. They began with the singularity theorems in the 1960s followed by his discovery that black holes have an entropy and consequently a finite temperature. The feature film The theory of everything, in which Stephen Hawking was perfectly portrayed in an Oscar-winning performance by Eddie Redmayne, recreated the human story behind his struggle. It surpasses most film biographies in representing the main characters with sensitivity and sympathetically, although it justifiably omitted, conflated and chronologically distorted key episodes in his personal and scientific life.

It conveyed how the need for support, requiring a team of nurses, strained his marriage to Jane to breaking point, especially when augmented by the pressure of his growing celebrity. Jane Wilde 's book, to whom he engaged in 1964, Travelling to infinity: my life with Stephen, on which the film is based, chronicles the 25 years during which, with amazing dedication, she underpinned their family life and his career . Even before this film of 2014, Stephen's life and work had featured in an excellent TV docudrama made in 2004, in which he was played by Benedict Cumberbatch, who also spoke his words in a four-part documentary, The grand design, made for the TV Discovery Channel.

In his later life, Stephen became increasingly involved in the popularization of science. This began with the astoundingly successful book A brief history of time , which was translated into some 35 languages and sold over 10 million copies in the following 20 years.

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