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Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking
Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking

Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, the world-famous theoretical physicist and cosmologist, filmed a scene last Friday for The Big Bang Theory, TV Guide reported.

The sitcom – which stars Jim Parsons as Dr. Sheldon Cooper, a brilliant but socially deluded theoretical physicist – has been trying to get Hawking, perhaps the world’s best-known living scientist, on the show for several years.  Hawking, however, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neurone disease that is better known as Lou Gerhig’s disease, was never able to appear until now because of his health.

Hawking’s key scientific works to date have included providing, with Roger Penrose, theorems regarding gravitational singularities in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes should emit radiation, which is today known as Hawking radiation (or sometimes as Bekenstein-Hawking radiation).

Hawking will, naturally, be playing himself.  The cameo will be part of an episode airing on April 5.

 

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