If there is a pantheon for great minds, Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein would no doubt be eligible for membership. Her notable theories have been transformative in the world of physics, and both are hailed as luminaries around the world.
On Sunday, a new 2-hour program will immerse into the fascinating work of Hawking (19459005) and Einstein, how their ideas are related and what this fruitful reflection means to modern physics.
Premiere of "Einstein and Hawking: Unlocking the Universe" on March 10 at 8 pm. ET / PT on the science channel. The program will also be retransmitted on March 14, the first anniversary of Hawking's death and Einstein's 1
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Hawking considered the laws governing the universe, from small to gigantic. He studied both quantum mechanics – a branch of physics that describes what happens at the subatomic level – as well as Einstein's General Theory of Relativity . In the range of very large objects (planets, stars, black holes, etc.), bodies have enough mass to bend the tissue of spacetime according to the general theory of relativity.
At the beginning of his career, Hawking explored the mystery presented by these theories: the laws governing the small do not apply to large-scale reality and vice versa.
Hawking published new works throughout his life and until his death at the age of 76.
A recent documentary clip touches one of his latest ideas dealing with physics at the edges of black holes and the 1945-04 information paradox. This area of black holes closes the gap between the theory of relativity, which describes behavior on a large scale, and quantum mechanics, which describes the small. The narrator of the clip cites a series of articles on this concept, "Hawking's Last Big Idea".
The American physicists Rai Weiss, Kip Thorne and others will be on the show on Sunday. Weiss and Thorne are Nobel laureates whose team designed a massive structure – the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) – that made the first direct detection of gravitational waves as they moved through the earth. The observations of 2015 led to a completely new era of gravitational wave astronomy .
"Einstein and Hawking: Unlocking the Universe" is produced by the BBC for the Science Channel. Steve Crabtree was the Executive Producer of the BBC and Wyatt Channell the Executive Producer of the Science Channel. The program director is Michael Lachmann.
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