The Inspiring Life And Journey Of A True Genius- Stephen Hawking

British theoretical physicist and cosmologistStephen Hawking was born on 8th January 1942 in Oxford, England. The ‘genius’ was born to Frank Hawking and Isobel Hawking. Despite financial constraints, Stephen’s parents were well read and educated. They both attended the University of Oxford. Hawking had two younger sisters and even an adopted brother. In 1950 Hawking’s father became the head of division of parasitology at the National Institute of Medical Research and then the family moved to St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

While they were in St. Albans, the family was perceived to be highly intelligent and eccentric. It’s been said that each person had their meals by silently reading a book. The family lived in a large poorly maintained house and traveled in a converted London taxicab. It’s believed that Stephen Hawking was not  academically successful initially, however, he made tremendous progress with time and displayed great aptitude for scientific subjects. He was popularly known as “Einstein” in school. Hawking took up Physics and Chemistry as subjects after earning a place in Oxford University though his father always wanted him to pursue Medicine. The option of choosing mathematics was not available at that period.

Personal Life

Hawking began his University education in October 1959 at the age of seventeen. He completed his graduation at Trinity Hall, Cambridge in October 1962.  While he was a graduate student, he began to get closer to Jane Wild who was his sister’s friend. He hadn’t been diagnosed with motor neurone disease then. They got engaged and later married in 14 July, 1965. They became parents to three children- Robert, Lucy and Timothy.

It was during his graduate years and during his courtship that he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Needless to say, he was deeply saddened by the diagnosis and eventually he fell into a depression. However, his doctors advised him to continue his studies. The doctors expected him to live only two years however life had different plans for the ‘genius.’

Hawking’s disease weighed heavy on Jane and at times Jane felt overwhelmed with the influx of nurses and assistants. Graduate and post graduate students would often come home and assist in taking care of Hawking,  on Jane’s proposal.

Hawking didn’t believe in God and declared himself as an atheist. His atheist views was another area that put a strain on his marriage, as Jane was a staunch Christian. He never believed in the existence of Heaven or afterlife.  He once stated “There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.

In the midst of taking care of Hawking, Jane had developed a keen interest in singing and in the interim got close to Organist Jonathan Hellyer, whom she met while singing in a church choir. Since they were determined not to break the family, they kept their relationship purely platonic. Eventually, Hawking had also grown close to one of his nurses- Elaine Mason, much to the surprise of colleagues and caregivers. He moved out of the family home and his ties with Jane and family became weaker.  There were speculations that he was being physically abused, which initiated police investigations. Stephen Hawking however didn’t make any complaint. In 2006, Hawking and Mason quietly divorced and he resumed being close to Jane and his children.

Major Works

Hawking was inspired by Mathematician Roger Penrose’s theorem of space-time singularity in the centre of black holes and he followed the same principles. It was on this topic that he wrote his thesis which was approved. He obtained his PhD degree in applied mathematics and theoretical physics, specializing in general relativity and cosmology. His essay titled “Singularities and the Geometry of Space” bagged him the prestigious Adam’s Prize.

Continue reading @ The Inspiring Life And Journey Of A True Genius- Stephen Hawking

Note: This post was first published in Scrabbl.

Advertisements

Here’s How Fergie Responded When Mocked For Her National Anthem Performance At NBA All Star Game

On Sunday night, Fergie received criticism for her National Anthem performance at NBA All-Star game at the Los Angeles Staples Center.  The ‘Glamorous’ singer sang a different version of the anthem that varied from the original anthem. This didn’t go well with audience who waited in anticipation to see the star sing in tribute to their nation. The anthem was spoiled by some off –key notes and the audience were quick to react.

Some individuals were seen smiling, laughing and chuckling.  Fergie went ahead and apologized but she also emphasized that her efforts and intentions were good natured. “I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” the singer told TMZ exclusively on Monday (February 19) in response to the criticism. “I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

Besides the live audience, the Twitter world was quick to react with tweets.

John Taylor @johntaylorshow

Colin Kaepernick just told #fergie don’t disrespect the anthem like that #NBAAllStar2018

Continue reading @ Here’s How Fergie Responded When Mocked For Her National Anthem Performance At NBA All Star Game.

Note: This article was first published in Scrabbl.

 

Uma Thurman Releases Graphic Video Of Car Crash That Happened 15 Years Ago On ‘Kill Bill’ Sets

Actress Uma Thurman recently shared a graphic video of her famed accident, on the sets of ‘Kill Bill’, in her Instagram account. The complete footage which is quite graphic for certain audience shows her struggling to control the fast moving car leading her to crash into a tree. She was seen lying unconscious after the accident.  The actress sustained permanent injuries to her neck and knees. She also suffered concussions as a result of the accident. The footage was handed to her by director Quentin Tarantino himself as he wanted to help her out with the New York Times article in which she has shared details of the car crash. She didn’t forget to mention that Tarantino was deeply regretful over the whole incident. It was in this article, that Uma Thurman accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

The details of the fateful accident

Since the time the details of the accident emerged in The New York Times article, Tarantino has been receiving criticism. In his defense, the Director made it clear that it was him who gave the footage to Uma Thurman to assist her with the New York Times article. He said “Uma and I had talked about it, for a long period of time, deciding how she was going to do it. She wanted clarity on what happened in that car crash, after all these years,” he said.

Revealing the details of the accident, he explained that he never considered the act a stunt because it just involved driving. He was confident that Uma Thurman would be able to pull off this act. However, when Uma expressed her own fears about the act, Tarantino personally drove down the road to test it. He thought that the road was okay and safe. But he was wrong.

 “I told her the road was a straight line. I told her it would be safe. And it wasn’t. I was wrong. I didn’t force her into the car. She got into it because she trusted me. And she believed me”, he said.

Continue reading @ Uma Thurman Releases Graphic Video Of Car Crash That Happened 15 Years Ago On ‘Kill Bill’ Sets

Note: This post was first published in Scrabbl.

Russian Modelling Agency ‘Oldushka’ Tells Us That Ageing Is Beautiful

When we think of beauty, the image that often strikes our minds are that of youthful faces, well-toned bodies and smooth chiseled features with no flaws. We are habituated to seeing perfect models on the cover of magazines and catalogues; therefore we’ve come to define beauty on these lines. However, in the past few years, there has been a gradual shift in the way the glamor industry perceives beauty. Stereotypes have been broken when it comes to model size, colour and ethnicity.

Plus size models, models with varied ethnic backgrounds and race are creating a comfortable identity for themselves in the industry. However, one specific area that still needs to be worked upon is to embrace the beauty in ageing. How often we’ve seen senior models representing beauty, fashion and brands? Not often. There is a Russian modelling agency appropriately called ‘Oldushka’ that is setting new beauty standards by representing models from the age of 45 and way up to 85.

The agency was born when photographer Igor Gavar captured the beauty of ageing and the personal styles of the aged in his blog that also goes by the same name- Oldushka. He came across some very interesting faces and decided to continue working with them.

Continue reading @ Russian Modelling Agency ‘Oldushka’ Tells Us That Ageing Is Beautiful.

Note: This post was first published in Scrabbl.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑