Stephen Hawking as a Symbol


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Professor Hawking

The most famous scientist in the world is now in Ontario for a six weeks or more at the Perimeter Institute.

He has been sighted out 'n' about enjoying the countryside near Waterloo.  He is easily recognized because of his infirmity and wheelchair. 

He is in Canada, not to sightsee, but to help PI researchers unravel the secrets of the universe.  He is particularly interested in the very beginnings, the Big Bang.  He is a symbol of science in the world and the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity.

There is no other scientist as well known as he is.  He is adept at working with young talent, serving as both mentor and symbol.

What have been his accomplishments?

"Hawking's key scientific works to date have included providing, with Roger Penrose, theorems regarding gravitational singularities in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes should emit radiation, which is today known as Hawking radiation"

He popularized cosmology with his best selling 'A Brief History of Time'  It was a book written for the general public and his publishers told him that for every formula that he put in it, he would halve his readership.  Hawking put one formula in the book.  There is no doubt that you could guess what it was.

If you cannot guess it, then you would be in the half that were potential readers, but were a bit shy about the language of science.

The Perimeter Institute is a gathering place of some of the best minds in the world.  When in residence Hawking will get a chance to lecture and interact with them and the public via a scheduled lecture.




Television Event on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 8 pm EDT 

A special PI presentation with Prof. Hawking from Waterloo, Ontario, will be broadcast on TVO on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 8 pm EDT. “Something TVO does really well is to bring big ideas and bright minds into homes across Canada,” says Lisa de Wilde, TVO’s Chief Executive Officer. “And they don’t come any bigger or brighter than Professor Hawking’s.” Adds de Wilde, “TVO is delighted to once again join forces with Canada’s Perimeter Institute to support scientific literacy. We couldn’t ask for a more powerful follow-up to last year’s collaboration on the Quantum to Cosmos Festival.”

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