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A Brief History of Time

Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking’s funeral

CAMBRIDGE: Film stars, supermodels, comics and astronomers joined Stephen Hawking's family and friends for his funeral in Cambridge Saturday, the city where he dedicated his life's work to unravelling the mysteries of the universe. The theoretical physicist who captured the imagination of millions around the world died on March 14 at the age of 76. His death triggered a flood of tributes from Queen Elizabeth II to NASA, reflecting his impact both as a scientist and for his refusal to give up in the face of crippling…

Stephen Hawking, the ‘superhuman’ pop culture star

 Very few people may have read and understood "A Brief History of Time", but the physicist Stephen Hawking carved himself out a place in pop culture equalled only by Albert Einstein. While the brilliant mind behind the theory of relativity was instantly recognisable by Einstein's unruly "mad scientist" hair, Hawking's wheelchair and his synthesised voice made him every bit as iconic. Both knew how to play to the gallery, and that the key to scientific evangelism was not to take yourself too seriously -- in public.…