10 Things You May Not Know About Stephen Hawking

10 Things You May Not Know About Stephen Hawking

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10 Things You May Not Know About Stephen Hawking

Here are 10 interesting insights into the life and viewpoints of Stephen Hawking.

Sure, Stephen Hawking is a brilliant, groundbreaking scientist, but that's not all the man is about.

Here are 10 interesting insights into his life and his views.

Number 10. He believes Earth is on its last legs. He gives the planet a thousand years before it succumbs to its own fragility. Hawking recommends people start shopping around space for a new home base.

Number 9. Stephen Hawking attended an all-girls school for a time. His family moved to St. Albans while his father was working in a nearby city. It was there that he and a few other boys attended St. Albans High School for Girls.

Number 8. In his youth his nickname was 'Einstein'. Despite the fact that his grades were mediocre, his aptitude was noticed by teachers and students alike. They were right, as he later earned a nearly perfect score on his Oxford scholarship physics exam - and went on to become a highly celebrated genius.

Number 7. He believes black holes are different from what we think they are. The vortices of doom are said to have event horizons, which serve as both an entrance and a point of no return. Hawking says they don't. Rather, they have 'apparent horizons' and only briefly trap energy and matter, later releasing it as radiation.

Number 6. At 21 Hawking was told he only had a few years to live. He was diagnosed with ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, and that the outlook was grim. In January of 2015 the physicist celebrated his 73rd birthday.

Number 5. He's also a children's book author. In 2007 he and his daughter Lucy published 'George's Secret Key to the Universe', the first book in a series about a young space traveler.

Number 4. He's a big fan of zero gravity. Hawking was among the first with his disability to test out the technology that can send a plane to near space, and in the process got a few moments away from his wheelchair. Said one person who was there, "He would have flown more if we let him."

Number 3. His voice synthesizer talks in American, but Hawking is British. He and the Queen of England recently had a chuckle about it. She ran into the scientist at an event and asked, 'Have you still got that American voice?' Hawking replied, 'Yes, it is copyrighted actually'.

Number 2. He's a repeat guest on the Simpsons. According to Hawking his several appearances on the show as himself have some people thinking he's actually a cartoon character.

Number 1. Hawking doesn't believe God created the universe. For that matter, he doesn't believe in fate, heaven, or an afterlife. He does believe that each human has one chance to appreciate the world and its mysteries.

Mit tudtunk meg Steve Hawkingról? Válaszolj a kérdésekre magyarul!

1. Mit javasol Steve Hawking az embereknek és miért?

2. Kikkel járt együtt iskolába St Albans-ben?

3. Milyen tanuló volt az iskolában?

4. Mit történik szerinte az energiával és az anyaggal egy fekete lyukban?

5. Milyen voltak a kilátásai az életre 21 éves korában?

6. Kivel és miről írt könyvet?

7. Mi történt vele egy kísérlet során?

8. Hogyan beszél?

9. Mit gondolnak róla néhányan?

10. Mi az, amiben nem hisz?

Válaszok:

1. Keressenek új lakóhelyet a világűrben, mert a Földnek már csak ezer éve van hátra.

2. Főleg lányokkal és néhány fiúval.

3. Közepes.

4. Rövid időre csapdába ejti a fekete lyuk és utána sugárzás formájában kiengedi.

5. Azt mondták, hogy már csak néhány éve van hátra.

6. A lányával, egy fiatal űrutazóról.

7. Néhány másodpercre felemelkedett a kerekesszékéből.

8. Hangszintetizátoron keresztül, amerikai dialektusban.

9. Azt, hogy egy rajzfilm figura.

10. A sorsban, a mennyben és a halál utáni életben.

Vocabulary

insight

bepillantás, betekintés

viewpoint

nézőpont

groundbreaking

úttörő

is on its last legs

utolsókat rúgja

to succumb to

áldozatul esik, nem tud ellenállni valaminek

fragility

törékenység, gyengeség

nickname

becenév

mediocre

közepes

aptitude

tehetség, adottság

vortices

forgatag, örvény

doom

végzet, balsors

event horizons (’the point of no return’)

az a pont az űrben, ahonnan nincs visszatérés

to trap

csapdába ejt, elnyel

matter

anyag

to release

kiengedni

ALS

amiotrófiás laterálszklerózis (az akaratlagosan mozgatható izmok beidegződéséért felelős idegsejtek pusztulásával járó betegség)

outlook

kilátás

grim

fenyegető, zord

space traveler

űrutazó

chuckle

kuncogás, nevetés

to run into somebody

összefutni valakivel

fate

sors

heaven

menny

afterlife

halál utáni élet

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