Before he struck mass market appeal as Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch proved his exceptional talents as Stephen Hawking in this classy BBC film from 2004. Written by Peter Moffatt, and directed by Philip Martin, Hawking tells the story of the scientist’s early years at university, examining his relationships, his work and the onset of the motor neurone disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Cumberbatch is wonderfully supported by John Sessions, Lisa Dillon and Peter Firth as a grumpy Sir Fred Hoyle, the renowned scientist and author of the classic sci-fi work The Black Cloud.
More Hawking, after the jump…
I love how Kirk Cameron has become the de facto “go to” dummy whenever the media needs a kooky comment about something related to Christianity. Like a kicked puppy coming back for more punishment, Cameron is always ready to oblige with his version of a “quip.” Today Cameron told TMZ that Stephen Hawking has nothing to back his claim that there is no Heaven and that it is merely a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
“Professor Hawking is heralded as ‘the genius of Britain,’ yet he believes in the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything and that life sprang from non-life.”
He adds, “Why should anyone believe Mr. Hawking’s writings if he cannot provide evidence for his unscientific belief that out of nothing, everything came?”
So how does John Lennon fit in to all this? Cameron explains:
“[Hawking] says he knows there is no Heaven. John Lennon wasn’t sure. He said to pretend there’s no Heaven. That’s easy if you try. Then he said he hoped that someday we would join him.”
“Such wishful thinking reveals John and Stephen’s religious beliefs, not good science.”
He’s an actor, so he knows a thing or two about science. It’s settled, then!
Mike Seaver 1, Stephen Hawking 0!
After How Michael Caine Speaks here’s Steve Coogan vs. Rob Brydon - The Rematch, another excerpt from BBC’s ‘The Trip’. This time it’s a masterclass in James Bond impersonations.
Physicist Stephen Hawking has suggested (in his new documentary series) that aliens almost certainly exist in the universe (by dint of the sheer numbers and probabilities involved)—but that we’d probably be better off not looking for them, since they might eat our poor asses.
THE aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist — but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact.
The suggestions come in a new documentary series in which Hawking, one of the world’s leading scientists, will set out his latest thinking on some of the universe’s greatest mysteries.
Alien life, he will suggest, is almost certain to exist in many other parts of the universe: not just in planets, but perhaps in the centre of stars or even floating in interplanetary space.
Hawking’s logic on aliens is, for him, unusually simple. The universe, he points out, has 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars. In such a big place, Earth is unlikely to be the only planet where life has evolved.
“To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational,” he said. “The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.”
Dear Dangerous Minds, Last week my photo (taken with my camera, by a friend of mine) of me with Stephen Hawking was put up on the internet on a photobomb website without my consent or knowledge and since it has really done the rounds..! I have great respect for the Professor who is a fellow at my college in Cambridge, and having been asked by faculty members at the University to remove this photo, I ask that you delete it from your website ASAP? The original sites have kindly understood that I do not consent to the publication of my photograph on their websites and have since removed it. I would be extremely grateful if you could too! Yours sincerely, James
(via Nerdcore and NCOTB)
The Last Supper with scientists: Galileo Galilei, Marie Curie, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan, Thomas Edison, Aristotle, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins and Charles Darwin.
(via I.Z. Reloaded and Nerdcore)
I’ve been over the whole Autotune meme for a few weeks now, but this is absolutely wonderful!
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