Time and Stephen W. Hawking

January 9, 2007

Stephen W. Hawking’s 65th birthday was yesterday, January 8th–perhaps a black hole for him but certainly not to his students and fans. Considered the world’s foremost living theoretical physicist, he is the Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University–the chair once held by Isaac Newton. He has tried to educate the rest of us (some more successfully than others) about physics, quantum gravity and theoretical cosmology with five popular books–A Brief History Of Time, Black Holes And Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe In A Nutshell, On The Shoulders Of Giants, and A Briefer History Of Time. Hawking has denounced the unauthorised publication of A Theory Of Everything stating he had no involvement in its creation.