Stephen Hawking at 70: Exclusive interview

When he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged just 21, Stephen Hawking was only expected to live a few years. He will be 70 this month, and in an exclusive interview with New Scientist he looks back on his life and work.

NS – What has been the most exciting development in physics during the course of your career?

SH – COBE’s discovery of tiny variations in the temperature of the cosmic microwave background and the subsequent confirmation by WMAP that these are in excellent agreement with the predictions of inflation. The Planck satellite may detect the imprint of the gravitational waves predicted by inflation. This would be quantum gravity written across the sky.

New Scientist explains: The COBE and WMAP satellites measured the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the afterglow of the big bang that pervades all of space. Its temperature is almost completely uniform – a big boost to the theory of inflation, which predicts that the universe underwent a period of breakneck expansion shortly after the big bang that would have evened out its wrinkles.

If inflation did happen, it should have sent ripples through space-time – gravitational waves – that would cause variations in the CMB too subtle to have been spotted so far. The Planck satellite, the European Space Agency’s mission to study the CMB even more precisely, could well see them.

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  1. Geza Zake says:

    „ STEPHEN HAWKING is one of the world’s greatest physicists, famous for his work on black holes. „

    There is no doubt that Hawking is one of the greatest physicist in the world, but all of his theories are macro oriented without connection to the micro world, especially with the world of biology. Without the biology the Universe can not be explained as a phenomenon becouse the biology is the product of the universe and within the universe as reality of the solar-star system within the Milky Way.
    Black holes are now clearly defined as strong gravitational phenomena that attract and “swallow” all around. There are theory that beyond the “black hole “ there are “white hole”, as a way out , but no one knows why these holes exist and what is their purpose?

    Since years I am working on researching the link between micro and macro universe, between theology and science, between theology and biology, and I asked simply, logically and primitive question: Are there black holes in the biology of the world? The answer soon came by itself: it is mouth of all forms of life. When the “ bigger fish swallows smaller fish”, or when a predator kills and eating another animal the big fish swallows the whole microcosms of the smaller fish with bilion of cells.

    That is all may be similarly and something real, and in parallel with black holes in the Universe. When I looked carefully starfish , then in their center I have see the black hole of the starfish galaxy , as the center of the their eating black hole.

    This black hole in the starfish and some black hole in the galaxy are functionally the same phenomenon. Some are huge, while the other is small small. The large black holes are associated with large macro-universe , while the other associated with a small micro-universes.
    If this is true and correct by chance, we have the most advanced theory then Hwking gave to us.

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