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Stephen Hawking is the most famous scientist on the planet. His popular
science book 'A Brief History of Time' was a publishing sensation, staying at the top of the bestseller lists longer than any other book in recent history. But behind the public face lies an argument that has been raging for almost 30 years. Below is video Part 1 of 5 “The Hawking Paradox”  BBC Horizon


Hawking shot to fame in the world of physics when he provided a mathematical
proof for the Big Bang theory. This theory showed that the entire universe exploded from a singularity, an infinitely small point with infinite density and infinite gravity. Hawking was able to come to his proof using mathematical techniques that had been developed by Roger Penrose. These techniques were however developed to deal not with the beginning of the Universe but with black holes. Below is video Part 2 of 5 “The Hawking Paradox”  BBC Horizon


Science had long predicted that if a sufficiently large star collapsed at the
end of its life, all the matter left in the star would be crushed into an infinitely small point with infinite gravity and infinite density  a singularity. Hawking realised that the Universe was, in effect, a black hole in reverse. Below is video Part 3 of 5 “The Hawking Paradox”  BBC Horizon


Instead of matter being crushed into a singularity, the Universe began when a
singularity expanded to form everything we see around us today, from stars to planets to people. Hawking realised that to come to a complete understanding of the Universe he would have to unravel the mysteries of the black hole. Below is video Part 4 of 5 “The Hawking Paradox”  BBC Horizon


Below is video Part 5 of 5 “The Hawking Paradox”  BBC Horizon



The above video was uploaded on Jun 18, 2010 YouTube
Ahead of TVO's exclusive broadcast of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario on Sunday, June 20th, we examine Stephen Hawking's contribution to our understanding of the universe. GUESTS Janna Levin is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College. Lawrence Krauss is foundation professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Neil Turok is the Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and coauthor of Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang. He has worked in a number of areas of theoretical physics and cosmology, focusing on developing fundamental theories and new observational tests. With Stephen Hawking, he developed the HawkingTurok instanton solutions describing the birth of inflationary universes, and with Paul Steinhardt developed a cyclic theory of the universe. For more on Neil Turok click here. Raymond Laflamme is the Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, and an Associate Faculty member at Perimeter Institute. Amongst his most important theoretical results was inventing, with Emmanuel Knill and Gerard Milburn, a radically new approach to Quantum computing using linear optics. Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist and faculty member at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Marcelo Gleiser is a professor of Natural History at Dartmouth College. 
A few of Professor Hawking's direct contributions to the evolution of
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