Stephen Hawking, A 20th Century Genius

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Stephen Hawking is concidered by many a scientific genius of living and still working today. Most legends are made when people die and when Stephen does die he will become a legend. Until then he is a leaving breathing genius. He hasn’t had it as easy as most but has done well combating his many struggles through life. Desoite all of these troubles Stephen Hawking has been able to rise above and has been a valuable part of the physics and cosmotology studies we have had on this planet. With all of his struggles and triumphs, Stephen Hawking has had along history and a lot of time has been dedicated to finding answers to some of the questions we ask but would take a genius to answer and ...view middle of the document...

Once there the doctor didn’t know what could be causing his problems so he sent them to the hospital and that’s where Stephen stayed for almost a month. The hospital did all sorts of tests on him. They even cut out some muscle from one of his arms. They didn’t have an answer for him and couldn’t tell him what was wrong. The only thing they told him was to expect things to continue getting worse. Well, worse was right. Stephen started losing all functioning muscles and was struggling to walk. He was walking with a cane when he was eventually, years later, finally diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS would be a huge set back for most but Stephen was able to take the challenge and not slow down on his studies and research.
Now at Cambridge, Stephen has moved further into physics and applied that knowledge to studying cosmology, which is the study of origins, structure, and space-time relationships of the universe. This is is also where Stephen was first diagnosed with Lou Gherig’s disease. This was what initially put Stephen in his wheel chair. While all of this was happenign to Stephen, he was also fortunate enough to meet a young woman by the name of Jane Wilde. They were married in 1965. He finished Cambridge in 1966 with a doctorite. He then was employed by Cambridge and started his teaching career.
While working at Cambridge, his research was first noted with his theory of singularity. The theory of singularity is when a place in space or time at one point becomes infinite. The best example of this is a black hole. He worked with Roger Penrose during his work and Roger finally was able to prive the singularity theory. Using what he had found in Penrose’s work along with the famed earlier work of Albert Einstein, Stephen was able to find that all of the origins of the universe were in singularity. This means that the universe started in one concentrated place and eventually grew and is still growing to infinity. This is just further proof of the big bang theory, Hawking was just able to help solidify the previous thoughts regarding how the unverse was conceived.
The theory of singularity didn’t stop there, it was taken to another level with black holes. We all know they exist but until Stephen was able to apply his theory and do research, nobody knew exactly what it was or did. He was able to prove that the edges of a black hole (called the event horizon) was growing over time instead of shrinking or gettign sucked into itself. He was also able to prove...

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