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Stephen Hawking

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Year Hawking predicted humanity would have to leave Earth within 100 years to save itself from extinction 2017 icon Year Hawking lost his voice and had to start using a computer system to talk 1985 Age at which Hawking was diagnosed with ALS, a disorder that destroys muscle function 21 Years to the date that Hawking was born after the death of Galileo on January 8, 1642 300 A Brief Historyof Timeby the Numbers Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Hawking.org.uk, Scientific American Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. A British physicist, Hawking pioneered exploration of black holes and popularized the investigations of cosmology through A Brief History of Time. The popularity of his book, combined with his public appearances, has since made Hawking a well-known public figure in science and popular culture. Author STEPHEN HAWKINGBORN 1942 Albert Einstein Came up with a theory of relativity, showing that time is relative instead of absolute Galileo Galilei Put on trial by the Catholic Church for saying that the Earth revolved around the sun Isaac Newton Established the physics of motion, showing that space is relative rather than absolute Key Figures General Relativity Albert Einstein’s theory that gravity results from objects and energy causing curves in space and time Quantum Mechanics The study of the way atoms and subatomic particles act and interact Black Hole A place in space where the gravitational pull is so intense that nothing can escape Cosmology The study of the universe and its origins Big Bang Theory The theory that the universe started as a single concentration of mass and time that expanded outward Key Terms Relative Time & Space Your experience of time and space depends on your location and velocity. Four Fundamental Forces Electromagnetic, gravitational, strong nuclear, and weak nuclear forces keep matter in the universe together and in place. Uncertainty Principle The idea that the position and speed of subatomic particles cannot be accurately measured became a key scientific concept. A Primer on the Universe In A Brief History of Time, Hawking presents the search by physicists for a single unified theory to explain everything in a way that the average person can theoretically understand. He traces the history of this search through the development of multiple theories by some of the foremost scientists of the past and present. MAIN IDEAS Stephen Hawking, Chapter 1 umanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. French Original Language 1946 Years Published Jean-Paul Sartre Author English Original Language 1988 Year Published Stephen Hawking Author A Brief History of Time Nonfiction Science

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