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Stephen Hawking's wheelchair up for auction

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair up for auction

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Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A nine-day online auction of physicist Stephen Hawking's memorabilia, including his motorized wheelchair, began on Wednesday. Twenty-two items are up for auction by Christie's auction house in London. The wheelchair has already received a bid of over $ 25,000 and is expected to sell for about $ 215,000. Also to be auctioned are Hawking's script for an appearance on The Simpsons television program, which has received a $ 1,800 bid, and an invitation to a 2013 "Time Traveler's Reception," one of 100 meant to unite anyone on Earth who returned from a future time. The current bid for the invitation is $ 4,466. Autographed copies, featuring his thumbprint on the first page, of Hawking's celebrated book "A Brief History of Time Travel," and copies of his 1963 PhD. thesis, are a...
Hawking's final science study released

Hawking's final science study released

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Stephen Hawking's final scientific paper has been released, and it deals with one of the central topics in the physicist's 56-year-long career.The work was completed in the days before Hawking's death in March.It tackles the question of whether black holes preserve information on the stuff that falls into them.Some researchers had believed this information was destroyed, but others said that this violated the laws of quantum mechanics.These laws propose that everything in our world can be broken down into information, for example, a string of 1s and 0s. In addition, this information should never disappear, not even if it gets sucked into a black hole.But Hawking, building on the work of Albert Einstein, showed that black holes ha...
Thousands gather in Cambridge for Stephen Hawking's funeral

Thousands gather in Cambridge for Stephen Hawking's funeral

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March 31 (UPI) -- Thousands lined the streets in Cambridge Saturday to pay tribute to the great physicist Stephen Hawking.In his early twenties, the renowned British physicist was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. He died at his Cambridge home March 14 at age 76.About 500 people attended the private funeral service for Hawking at University Church of St. Mary the Great, a church near the university where he worked for more than 50 years.Hawking's expertise in astrophysics and cosmology rose to prominence in 1988 with the publication of A Brief History of Time, a book that sold more than 10 million copies in 35 languages.As people aligned the streets waiting for the funeral procession, people shared stories of how much Hawking meant to them. Several ...
Stephen Hawking's final interview: A beautiful Universe

Stephen Hawking's final interview: A beautiful Universe

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Last October I invited Prof Stephen Hawking to comment on the detection of gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars. It turned out to be his final broadcast interview.The collision was a really big story for many reasons, not least because within minutes of the detection the world's telescopes were trained on what was an incredible cosmic event.This meant that as well as detecting the ripples in space-time from the merger, astronomers could see also for the first time what happens when two incredibly massive objects come together in a process that may be the only way of creating gold and platinum in the Universe.It was definitely one for Prof Hawking to explain. Einstein's waves detected in star smashGravitational waves: A new 'tape measure'In recent years, he made comme...
Professor Stephen Hawking's PhD viewed two million times

Professor Stephen Hawking's PhD viewed two million times

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Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis was accessed more than two million times within days of it being made available to the public, it has been revealed.Prof Hawking's 1966 work proved so popular on the day of its release it crashed the publications section of Cambridge University's website.More than 500,000 people have also tried to download the paper, titled "Properties of expanding universes".Dr Arthur Smith, from the university, called the figures "monumental"."This is far and away the most accessed item we have in the university's Apollo repository," Dr Smith, deputy head of scholarly communication, said."I'd hazard a guess that Prof Hawking's PhD thesis is also the most accessed item from any research repository ever. We've never seen numbers like this before."Factfile: Stephen HawkingBorn 8...