77 year died Stephen Hawking — theoretical physicist and popularizer of science, one of the founders of quantum cosmology and the author of the bestseller “a brief history of time”. A scientist, first and foremost, he was known for his contributions to the theory of black holes. For many years he remained one of the most recognizable people on the planet relevant to science, and any of his statements have consistently attracted wide attention.
The glory of physics brought the assumption that black holes can “evaporate”, emitting at a quantum level particles. Subsequently, this process was called “Hawking radiation” in honor of its discoverer. The idea of the scientist significantly the beam to understand the nature of black holes – regions of space-time, can attract even light.
Many experts assumed that his contribution to science Hawking will be awarded the Nobel prize, but this did not happen, and now, in all likelihood, not going to happen – there is a rule that this prestigious award is not awarded posthumously. However, dozens of other scientific awards Hawking has received. Also astrophysicist engaged in the popularization of science, has written many books and participated in creation of many films and television projects.
Last but not least Stephen Hawking has earned the respect of a huge number of people due to the fact that he was engaged in scientific activities despite the fact that he suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The disease led to paralysis, and communicate with others thanks to the scientist in the wheelchair with the speech synthesizer. In 1963, experts have suggested that to live, Stephen Hawking was no more than two and a half years, but he lived a much longer and very full life.
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In 2015, Hawking said he plans to consider euthanasia if he feels that it becomes a burden to others or that he can no longer do science. However, the scientist was determined to pursue an active life, and last year announced its intention to fly to space. By the way, in zero gravity scientist to visit had – in 2007 he took flight in a special plane designed for that.
Stephen Hawking was one of the few people with a definite reputation as a serious and outstanding scientist, but it is allowed such a “fantastic” scenarios for the future, as the colonization of our planet by aliens or “revolt” of artificial intelligence. He supported the project “Breakthrough Listen” to search for radio and light signals from extraterrestrial life, however, believed that mankind itself do not give out the location of the hypothetical “brothers in mind”. Physicist advocated early colonization by earthlings to other planets, as seen in this one and only chance for mankind is not to vanish even in the case of a global cataclysm on Earth.
In connection with the death of physics has expressed regret many famous people, including science popularizer Neil Degrasse Tyson.
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