Stephen Hawking says he would consider assisted suicide.
Professor Stephen Hawking says he would consider assisted suicide should be became merely a burden. The physicist who suffers from motor neurone disease has argued that keeping someone alive against their own wishes is the "ultimate indignity".
Professor Stephen Hawking says he would consider assisted suicide
In an interview with comedian Dara O'Briain for a new BBC programme, Professor Hawking said: "To keep someone alive against their wishes is the ultimate indignity.
Continue reading: Stephen Hawking Says He Would Consider Assisted Suicide
After reigning supreme atop the box office for weeks, 'The Hobbit' has finally been knocked from the top spot by 'The Theory of Everything'.
The Stephen Hawking biopic 'The Theory of Everything' has claimed the top spot on the UK box office, pushing 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' into second place after three weeks as champ. This was a surprisingly strong performance for a British movie about a maths genius, but awards-season buzz has raised awareness of the film over recent weeks as other biopics have suffered from backlash.
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything'
One of Lyndon Johnson's advisors has criticised the Oscar contender 'Selma' of exaggerating the clash between the president (played by Tom Wilkinson in the film) and Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo).
Eddie Redmayne hopes audiences will see all sides of Hawking's personality in the biopic.
Eddie Redmayne, speaking about his new film 'The Theory of Everything', was quick to put out just how important Stephen Hawking is, not that anyone needed telling. As perhaps the biggest science icon of the modern day, you don't have to be a keen New Scientist reader to be overwhelmed with respect for him.
Harry Lloyd stars alongside Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory Of Everything'
While a lot of work went into taking on such a recognisable character, from vocal work to physical training and voracious studying of motor neuron disease, the most difficult task for Eddie Redmayne was encompassing Stephen Hawking's remarkable personality. 'The astounding thing is that Stephen Hawking was given 2 years to live aged 21 and he's now 72', Eddie marvels. 'I mean, it's against all odds and it's a staggering thing, and whether it's to do with his passion, his drive, his outlook on life, his humour or the specific strain of what the disease is, no-one knows but it's a staggering thing and it's a great, great icon of hope.'
Eddie Redmayne talks about the research that went into becoming Stephen Hawking.
It was nothing short of a daunting prospect when Eddie Redmayne was faced with the task of recreating the most intelligent human being on the planet for the forthcoming Stephen Hawking biopic 'The Theory Of Everything', but he got there.
Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in his new biopic
Stephen Hawking, while widely known for his work on theoretical physics and penning the best-selling 'A Brief History Of Time', is probably also the most recognisable scientist on the face of the Earth. This is thanks to an over 50 year struggle with the debilitating motor neuron disease, contributing to his wheelchair confinement, almost total paralysis and lack of speech; though the latter is not strictly true. Anyone with half a brain would be able to identify his robotic speech-generating device which, contrary to his Oxford roots, possessed a certain nasal twang.
After a string of strong performances, Eddie Redmayne's first real outing as a leading man in 'The Theory of Everything' could land him an Oscar nomination.
Eddie Redmayne has garnered critical acclaim for a towering performance as Stephen Hawking in James Marsh's new British drama The Theory of Everything. Inspired by the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by his first wife Jane Hawking, the movie deals with their relationship, Hawking's diagnosis for motor neurone disease and his glittering successes in physics.
Eddie Redmayne [R] turns in a towering performance as Stephen Hawking
"But Redmayne towers: this is an astonishing, genuinely visceral performance which bears comparison with Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot, said Catherine Shoard of The Guardian, "His Hawking starts askew - the glasses, maybe the shoulders a touch - and over the course of two hours contorts and buckles into a figure at once instantly familiar and fresh." Even the most amateur of movie buffs will know that Day-Lewis won his first Oscar for playing artist Christy Brown, who suffered from cerebral palsy.
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne Joins Oscars Hunt In Stunning 'The Theory Of Everything'
Coming from a privileged upbringing, cosmologist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking naturally had a first-rate education - though no-one could expect the kind of genius and revolutionary theories that he would eventually come up with. While wowing his university professors with his baffling discoveries, he was fighting a personal battle with his rapidly deteriorating health. Whilst still studying, he began to lose the ability to walk as well as the ability to speak before being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and given a two-year expect survival rate. As to be expected from one of the world's most accomplished scientists, he defied the odds and embarked on a long and fulfilling life that lasts to this day - with just a little help from the love of his youth Jane Wilde, who encouraged him to carry on speaking with the help of his trademark speech generating device.
Continue: The Theory Of Everything Trailer
Between Google and Hawking, death might not be a thing anymore, not as we know it anyway
The one true bastion of sanctity – in that humans have no knowledge of what happens after death occurs – is being challenged by Google, and even if they fail in their goal to solve the age-old problem of death, Stephen Hawking reckons we’ll be able to live on as brains anyway.
Stephen Hawking's life is set to unfold in the documentary, out this month
As you’ll see on newspapers stands all over the country, Time Magazine lead with a story on Google and how they’ve invested in a new company that aims to extend our lifespan and solve diseases attached to aging. “Can Google Solve Death?” they boldly pose on the latest cover.
Continue reading: Are Google And Stephen Hawking Going To 'Solve' Death? Oh Dear
At the premier of the film-version of his life's story at Cambridge, the renowned physicist revealed that he has no reason to believe that an afterlife exists, although he does think brains might be downloadable one day
Stephen Hawking has long been one of the most influential and iconic figures in modern science. So it should come as little surprise to learn that the black hole expert has no hang ups about any kind of life after death. At the premier of the new film Hawking, a documentary covering the physicist's life, Hawking told reporters that when his time comes, he is doubtful that he wil arrive at any pearly gates or fiery pit.
Hawking is having the double-whammy film threatment, with the documentary being followed up by a biopic soon
"The convention of an afterlife is a fairytale for people afraid of the dark," the 72-year-old bluntly put it at the Cambridge premier, as quoted by the Huffington Post. Whilst his spirituality may be all but non-existent, he did admit at the premier that of all his publications, his best-selling A Brief History of Time was his favourite. In the book, Hawking theorises the possibility of a sentient, Creator existing amongst the chaos of the Universe. In the book, he attempts to explain "the laws of nature and history of the Universe, in particular whether it had a creator."
Stephen Hawking proves to be an entertaining storyteller in this autobiographical documentary in which, with the help of two cowriters, he takes us on a trip through his life. It's a fascinating narrative, peppered with witty anecdotes and pithy observations. But it feels perhaps a bit too triumphant, and only rarely lets us see the man behind the famous public persona.
Hawking tells his own story, starting with his birth into an academic Oxford family and early fascination with the cosmos. He found school and university rather easy, and it wasn't until he started his PhD at Cambridge that he had his first eureka moment. It was also at this time, aged 21, when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and given just three years to live. But the condition developed slower than expected, so he married his girlfriend Jane and continued his studies. And over the following 50 years he has completely changed the way we understand the universe.
There are several key recurring themes here, as Hawking reveals his thoughts about science, culture and sex with humour and insight. He also lets us see his ongoing desire for recognition in his field. This is what led him to battle through the writing of his international bestseller A Brief History of Time, and also why he took a memorable guest-starring role on The Simpsons. The film recounts both experiences, as well as a hilarious TV appearance with Carrey and his friendships with everyone from Steven Spielberg to Barack Obama.
Continue reading: Hawking Review
Hawking has spoken out in favour of legalised assisted suicide.
Physicist Stephen Hawking has added his voice to the long-running debate over whether assisted suicide for those with terminal illnesses should be legalised. The 71 year-old professor, who is almost entirely paralysed due to motor neurone disease, has given his argument to the BBC: "We don't let animals suffer, so why humans?"
Stephen Hawking Has Publically Stated That He Supports Assisted Suicide.
However, Hawking has warned of the dangers of assisted suicide without proper safeguards where the system could be abused, including the absolute consent of the terminally ill person. "There must be safeguards that the person concerned genuinely wants to end their life and they are not being pressurised into it or have it done without their knowledge or consent as would have been the case with me," he said, referring to the 1985 bout of pneumonia that left him on life support.
Hawking's life is there for all to see in the upcoming documentary.
Stephen Hawking is not only the most prominent scientist of a generation; he’s a visionary, a philosopher and an inspiration. The man, who was handed two years to live when diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease half a century ago, finally has a chance to tell his personal story: 'Hawking' hits cinemas this month.
Stephen Hawking's life is set to unfold in the documentary, out this month
From his strange upbringing – both parents attended Oxford university but were living on a shoestring – to his scientific breakthroughs, his diagnosis, world record-breaking book and pop culture appearances, Hawking tells the story of the remarkable man and his remarkable life.
Continue reading: Discover The Extraordinary Life Of Stephen Hawking In 'Hawking'
Stephen Hawking is without doubt the most famous living scientist on the planet having risen to fame following the release of his 1988 cosmology publication 'A Brief History Of Time'. The book remained in the bestseller list for 4 years, entering into the Guinness Book of Records and selling 10 million copies across the world in 40 different languages. As loved and respected as he is, his life has been far from easy after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and drastically exceeding his life expectancy by 50 years despite now being barely able to make any movement and having to communicate with a speech generating device. He has touched the hearts of many he has met and maintains a firm sense of humour, even making cameos in 'Star Trek', 'Futurama', 'The Simpsons' and 'The Big Bang Theory'.
Continue: Hawking - Trailer And Clips
Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor Who. The announcement was made on 'Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor', a special programme broadcast on BBC1 on Sunday 4th August. Celebrity guests included previous Doctor Who actors, their assistants and famous fans of the show.
Peter Capaldi at the 2013 BAFTA's held at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
The show, broadcast on BBC1 at 7pm and BBC America at 2.30pm, was hosted by Zoe Ball and featured appearances by the current Doctor Matt Smith, his assistant Jenna Coleman, Bonnie Langford, Anneke Wills, Katy Manning, Shappi Khorsandi, Professor Brian Cox, Professor Robert Winston, Jo Whiley, Daniel Roche, Lisa Tarbuck, Stephen Hawking, Bernard Cribbins and Rufus Hound. The cast members and celebrity fans discussed their favourite Doctor, the costumes and the process of regeneration.
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Revealed As The Next Time Lord
It was a panel of surprises at The Big Bang Theory's Comic-Con showing this year, not least with Melissa Rauch acting as moderator.
The Big Bang Theory's writers and producer took to Comic-Con this weekend not only to interact with fans but to take in the unique celebration of pop culture for themselves. Melissa Rauch, AKA Big Bang's Bernadette, acted as moderator; keeping the conversation tethered and making sure the excited panel members didn't blast off into space. However, before the panel took to their seats, a famous professor had a few words to say.
Melissa Rauch (AKA Bernadette) Acted As Moderator For The BBT Panel Of Writers.
Stephen Hawking, via a video message, greeted Comic-Con fans against a backdrop of The Big Bang Theory logos and a promo poster for the upcoming film about his life, Hawking. The 71 year-old chair-bound professor recited The Big Bang Theory's theme song in his distinctive computerised voice after he shared some of his favourite pastimes: "When I'm not playing Words With Friends with Sheldon, I like to think about the universe." This isn't the first time Professor Hawking has shown himself to be a fan of the show - season five saw engineer Howard Wolowitz selected to help maintain the world-renowned lecturer on a visit to the university in an episode entitled 'The Hawking Excitation.'
Eddie Redmayne is set to play Stephen Hawking in Theory of Everything directed by James Marsh
Les Misérables star, Eddie Redmayne is set to play Stephen Hawking in a new biopic Theory of Everything directed by James Marsh, according Deadline.com Redmayne is currently filming Jupiter Ascending starring alongside Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. It is currently unknown who will play Hawking's first wife. Filming for Theory of Everything is scheduled to begin this autumn.
Stephen Hawking is the world's most famous and revered scientist. The brilliance and accessibility of his works - A Brief History of Time, Horizon and a collection of science books for children - have ensured Hawking has a place not only in academia but in popular culture.
However, Hawking is as well known for his disability as he is for his work. The world famous physicist was diagnosed, aged 21, with motor neuron disease. The illness, progressively worsening since Hawking's diagnosis in 1962, has confined Hawking to a wheelchair. He is unable to speak without a voice simulator. Despite all the difficulties Hawking faces he continues to teach at the University of Cambridge.
Continue reading: Eddie Redmayne To Play Stephen Hawking In New Biopic
Space monkey Justin Bieber is latest name to be added to growing list of wealthy celebrities signing up to be amongst the first in space with Sir Richard Branson's planned Virgin Galactic spaceflights.
It is confirmed: pint-sized popstar Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun, are set to be blasted towards the real stars, out into space.
Tycoon Richard Branson, founder and chairman of travel, entertainment and lifestyle company, Virgin Group, was first to break the news on Twitter: "Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!" whilst a buzzing Bieber replied: "Let's shoot a music video in SPACE!!"
The 19-year old 'Baby' hitmaker could be fleeing planet Earth to escape from his growing list of shameful actions that have brought the wayward party-boy under media scrutiny, including leaving insensitive messages in the guestbook at Amsterdam's Anne Frank museum, abandoning his pet monkey, 'Mally', in Germany after she was confiscated at customs, arriving onstage two hours late at his concert in London, and threatening to "beat the f**k" out of a photographer. Space might just be the best place for the little reprobate then.
Continue reading: Stars Head For The Stars: Justin Bieber Joins The Virgin Galactic Party
Coming from a privileged upbringing, cosmologist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking naturally had a first-rate...
Stephen Hawking proves to be an entertaining storyteller in this autobiographical documentary in which, with...
Stephen Hawking is without doubt the most famous living scientist on the planet having risen...