Stephen Hawking Captured These Amazing Pics With His Brand New Toy

The world's most famous astrophysicist now has a vastly improved view of the cosmos. He was recently visited by employees of Celestron, who installed an 11-inch telescope in his home. Hawking has quickly taken to the telescope and he's already posted some incredible images. » 2/20/15 6:30am 2/20/15 6:30am

Stephen Hawking Wants To Play A Bond Villain. Make It Happen, Hollywood

Professor Stephen Hawking has appeared as himself on The Simpsons, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory, but for once, he'd like to play someone other than himself. And he even has the perfect role picked out: Professor Hawking wants to play the villain in a James Bond film. » 12/03/14 12:20pm 12/03/14 12:20pm

Stephen Hawking is once again warning about the perils of AI. "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," he recently told the BBC, adding that "It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate...Humans, who are limited by slow biological… » 12/02/14 6:00pm 12/02/14 6:00pm

Stephen Hawking Biopic Might Steal Your Heart, But Won't Blow Your Mind

The Theory Of Everything is a remarkable, moving portrait of Stephen Hawking, who overcame unthinkable obstacles to revolutionize science. It's a beautiful romance that spans the 1960s through the 1980s. Too bad the movie mostly glosses over the actual science that Hawking became famous for. Minor spoilers below... » 11/07/14 12:00pm 11/07/14 12:00pm

How Eddie Redmayne Captured the Charisma of Stephen Hawking

Eddie Redmayne pulls off a tremendous feat in The Theory of Everything, playing Stephen Hawking from the early 1960s to the late 1980s. Not surprisingly, he's already getting a lot of Oscar buzz. We sat down with Redmayne for an exclusive interview and he told us what it was like to meet the real Hawking. » 11/06/14 1:00pm 11/06/14 1:00pm

Yes, Time Travel Is Possible; Here's How

Time travel's been one of man's wildest fantasies for centuries. It's long been a popular trend in movies and fiction, inspiring everything from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to H.G. Wells' The Time Machine to the Charlton Heston shrine that is The Planet of the Apes. And with the opening of Interstellar » 11/05/14 1:25pm 11/05/14 1:25pm

A Brief History of Scientists Hunting for Time Travelers

Time travel is possible—or at least a lot of serious physicists say so. It's probably not possible to pull it off in a souped-up Delorean, but there are wormholes, Tipler cylinders, and other Einstein-inspired theories for how it could work. Which raises the question: Why haven't we met any visitors from another time? » 10/09/14 3:03pm 10/09/14 3:03pm

Stephen Hawking Contributes Vocals To New Pink Floyd Track

Pink Floyd has a new album coming out next month called The Endless River, and it's set to feature a Stephen Hawking vocal sample on the track, "Talkin' Hawkin'." » 10/08/14 9:45am 10/08/14 9:45am

Final Trailer For Stephen Hawking Biopic Meshes Science With Emotion

The official international trailer for the upcoming Stephen Hawking biopic is now out. Called The Theory Of Everything, the film will chronicle the famed physicist's life, from his days as a budding university student to his work as a world-leading physicist. » 10/02/14 6:40am 10/02/14 6:40am

A Black Hole Doesn't Die -- It Does Something A Lot Weirder

Black holes are basically "game over, man," for anything that gets too close to them, but they aren't invincible. In fact, they're always in the process of self-destructing. We'll look at how they fizzle out, and see if we can help them do it faster. » 9/09/14 11:28am 9/09/14 11:28am

See Young Stephen Hawking In Love In The Theory Of Everything Trailer

This biographical drama based on the life of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking is amazing, heartbreaking, and beautiful. I too have a "theory of something" — I theorize that when you watch it, you may not cry, but you'll find something in your eye. (Get it? GET IT?! Sorry.) » 8/06/14 1:54pm 8/06/14 1:54pm

This Summer's Bestselling Book That Everyone Starts And Nobody Finishes

Mathematician Jordan Ellenberg ran some numbers for the Wall Street Journal to determine which of Amazon's most popular e-books people start but never finish. The classic example, apparently, is Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time – but the astrophysicist's rarely-read bestseller was far from this summer's… » 7/06/14 5:00pm 7/06/14 5:00pm

Stephen Hawking Interviewed By John Oliver Is Absolutely Hilarious

Physicist Stephen Hawking's recent appearance on Last Week Tonight was genuinely laugh-out-loud hilarious. Oliver had him kickstart a new segment called "People Who Think Good," where he was asked about the dangers of AI, time travel — and Oliver's metaphysical odds of dating Charlize Theron. A must watch. » 6/16/14 10:30am 6/16/14 10:30am

Stephen Hawking's Formula For England's World Cup Success

Physicist Stephen Hawking has temporarily set aside his work on black holes and existential threats in favor of something far more elusive: Trying to figure out the conditions under which the English soccer squad could actually win a World Cup — something they haven't done since 1966. » 5/28/14 12:20pm 5/28/14 12:20pm

Stephen Hawking Says A.I. Could Be Our 'Worst Mistake In History'

The world's most famous physicist is warning about the risks posed by machine superintelligence, saying that it could be the most significant thing to ever happen in human history — and possibly the last. » 5/02/14 2:00pm 5/02/14 2:00pm

Ask A Theoretical Physicist About What Goes On In Black Holes!

Chris Adami, a theoretical physicist and computational biologist, is here today to take our questions about what goes on in black holes, information theory, and his proposed solution to the black hole information paradox posed by Stephen Hawking. » 4/02/14 10:24am 4/02/14 10:24am

A Solution To Stephen Hawking's Black Hole Paradox

Earlier this year, Stephen Hawking proposed a radical reformulation in how we define black holes — but this explanation still left a big unanswered question to how black holes work. Now, a physicist says he's cracked that problem. » 3/26/14 9:45am 3/26/14 9:45am

Stephen Hawking says there are no black holes

At least, not as we've defined them. In a new paper, Hawking says that one of the defining features of black holes — the complete inability of even light to escape — may not hold true. » 1/24/14 12:42pm 1/24/14 12:42pm

A Few Possible Ways That We Could Fund Interstellar Travel

Stephen Hawking argues in the recent book Starship Century that humans need to spread out into interstellar space in the next thousand years, or we're doomed. So over at Forbes, Elise Ackerman lays out three scenarios in which we could pay the immense cost of interstellar colonization. » 11/18/13 5:20pm 11/18/13 5:20pm

Stephen Hawking says physics would have been far more interesting if the Higgs boson hadn't been found. Not only did it cause him to lose a $100 bet, he hoped the mystery would encourage scientists to look for evidence of more fundamental theories that explain the nature of universe. » 11/12/13 1:12pm 11/12/13 1:12pm