lays flowers as the ashes of her father, Prof Stephen Hawking
, below, are laid to rest at Westminster Abbey
radiation is difficult, if not impossible, to observe but has huge implications for physics.
By devising an equation (dubbed "Hawking
radiation") that proved black holes have a temperature, it was proved that radiation could escape the black hole.
's greatest contribution-- that not everything is sucked into a black hole but some radiation known as "Hawking
radiation" escapes -- could be proven if astronomers find the right-sized black holes.
Cumberbatch, 41, starred as Prof Hawking
in the first portrayal of the scientist on-screen, before Eddie Redmayne took on the role in The Theory of Everything.
The President hopes Hawking
inspires Kenyans and others in the world to seek knowledge as relentlessly as he did.
His works include the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking
contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1963 at the age of 21.
Wigmaker Alex Rouse created three hairpieces for different stages of Hawking
's life, and movement director Alex Reynolds coached Redmayne on Hawking
's limited motions--at the end of the movie he can only twitch certain muscles.
McCarten and director James Marsh get creative trying to incorporate Hawking
's contributions to science: Cream swirling around a coffee cup illustrates the region around a black hole, while Jane Hawking
uses a pea and a potato to explain the difference between quantum theory and general relativity.
Contrary to any easy assumption by the readers (appealing to the title or the deceiving cover of the book, in which we see an isolated, frozen statue of Hawking
floating in space), this is not a biography of Hawking
, or at least not a common one.
The movie is being shot near 71-year-old Hawking
's home in Cambridge.