BBC: The Hawking Paradox (2005)

21/07/2011
The Hawking Paradox

The Hawking Paradox

Stephen Hawking is the most famous scientist on the planet. His popular science book ‘A Brief History of Time’ was a publishing sensation, staying at the top of the bestseller lists longer than any other book in recent history. But behind the public face lies an argument that has been raging for almost 30 years.

Hawking shot to fame in the world of physics when he provided a mathematical proof for the “Big Bang” theory.

This theory showed that the entire Universe exploded from a singularity – an infinitely small point with infinite density and infinite gravity. Hawking was able to come to his proof using mathematical techniques that had been developed by Roger Penrose.

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