The Google Doodle Saturday honors the late Stephen Hawking, perhaps the most famous scientist of his time, who sought to explain the universe to millions.
The work of the famous British theoretical physicist and cosmologist focused on increasing our understanding of black holes – dying stars that have collapsed in on themselves, forming a core of such density and strong gravity that nothing, not even light, can escape.
Saturday is Hawking’s 80th birthday (ho), and in honor of his contribution to science, Google has dedicated a Doodle video of Hawking prominently showing a black hole in the center of the illustration. In a two-minute video and video clip, a computer-generated audio similar to Hawking recounts his remarkable life, including quotes about life and the universe that reflect his unwavering optimism.
The video depicts how he continued to advance his research despite suffering from a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which gradually paralyzed him after being diagnosed at age 21. I expected.
His family, who agreed with the computer-generated audio narrating the video, told Google he would have been happy to see his life story told in a brief but iconic video.
“He would have found it important to show that he never allowed the challenges of his physical condition to limit his ability to express nor his determination to affect the world in which he lives,” his family said. “We hope his example will be a global inspiration and hope for all who are facing great challenges at this difficult time.”
One of his biggest contributions was the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation that eventually evaporates, often referred to as Hawking radiation. At first, he thought his 1970 discovery was actually the result of an error in his calculations. But he was eventually convinced that his formula was accurate.
Hawking was also a prolific author, writing to explain the origin and expansion of the universe for readers unfamiliar with scientific theories. His 1988 book A Brief History of Time was best known, selling over 10 million copies and being translated into 35 languages. She also produced books similar to Hawking, including The Universe in a Nutshell and A Briefer History of Time.
The doodles were drawn by Doodler Matthew Cruickshank, who said his visual approach has been greatly influenced by the development of computer graphics over the course of Hawking’s life.