A Stephen Hawking musical tribute was beamed directly at a black hole

A Stephen Hawking musical tribute was beamed directly at a black hole

The ashes of Stephen Hawking have been buried in a corner of Westminster Abbey that honours some of Britain's greatest scientists, between the graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.

The Friday afternoon saw readings given by top names such as astronaut Tim Peake, astronomer Martin Reece and Hawking's collaborator and Nobel prize victor Kip Thorn.

Other people who spoke at Hawking's internment include actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrayed Hawking in a TV show; Hawking's daughter Lucy; astronaut Tim Peake, who read from Percy Bysshe Shelley's Queen Mab; and Nobel Prize victor Kip Thorne, who described Hawking as "the most stubborn friend" that he has ever had.

Lucy said: "The broadcast will be beamed towards the nearest black hole, 1A 0620-00, which lives in a binary system with a fairly ordinary orange dwarf star".

Afterwards his recorded voice, set to a special piece of music, was beamed into space into a black hole light years away as "a message of peace and hope".

The physicist's voice set to a piece by Greek electronic music composer Vangelis was broadcast by the European Space Agency later on Friday. One of the equations devised by Hawking, describing the entropy of black holes, was also inscribed on his stone.

Many considered Hawking to be the greatest scientist of his generation, overcoming a debilitating disease to gain a worldwide following for his brilliant work in theoretical physics.

Undaunted, he defied his prognosis by decades - pursuing his research at Cambridge while communicating through computerized speech, astonishing even himself, as he once told "60 Minutes": "For me, it is quite an achievement". An address was given by Astronomer
Royal Martin Rees, who first met Prof Hawking at the University of Cambridge in the early '60s, while Prof Hawking's collaborator and Nobel prize victor Kip Thorne also gave a tribute.

Pau Figueras, a post-doctoral student who followed in Hawking's footsteps by studying black holes at the University of Cambridge eight years ago, said he believed Hawking's legacy "will live forever". Nobody else since Einstein has done more to deepen our understanding of space, time and gravity.

"It is a message of peace and hope, about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet", she said.

In 1986, he wrote "A Brief History of Time", an global bestseller which made him one of the most prominent names in science since Albert Einstein.

Westminster Abbey will also be open to the public free of charge after the service so people can pay their respects at his grave.

"We are so grateful to Westminster Abbey for offering us the privilege of a Service of Thanksgiving for the extraordinary life of our father and for giving him such a distinguished final resting place", Hawking's children had said earlier in a statement.



Related Posts

Croatia drop Nikola Kalinic after he declines to enter as substitute
Kalinic was a target for Everton last summer but preferred to stay in Serie A, according to Sky sources . Kalinic can not be replaced so Croatia will continue in the tournament with a 22-man squad.

Belgium vs Panama Live Streaming India, IST time: When & where to watch
It promises to be an interesting match as Belgium kick-start their World Cup campaign with a matchup against debutants Panama . Belgium huffed and puffed in a goalless first half before finally blowing Panama's door down in the second with three goals .

Trade war tensions rise as China hits back at US
The US president said the new tariffs were created to punish China for the theft of American intellectual property and technology. Although Pompeo was in Beijing to debrief the Chinese on the Singapore summit, the trade friction was never far from the surface.

Studio Trigger Announces Kill la Kill Action Video Game
Chamber of Time, a side-scrolling action role-playing game for PlayStation 4 and PC that sits at a 58 Metascore on Metacritic . The developer promised that they will reveal more details further at Anime Expo 2018, which will be held in Los Angeles.

‘Confused’ Trump can’t decide whether he hates immigration bill
The bill also includes Trump's biggest immigration ask: $23.4 billion for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. The president will head to the Capitol to meet with the House Republican Conference Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

CYBG acquires Virgin Money for £1.7bn
The group now has around 9,500 full-time employees and expects to reduce this by around a sixth, equating to around 1,500 people. A man checks his phone as he walks past a branch of Virgin Money in Manchester, Britain September 21, 2017.

Google VR180 to make shooting virtual film easy
Technology giant Google has designed a new video-editing tool called VR180 Creator for Mac and Linux computing platforms. The tool essentially converts VR photos and videos into normal perspective in 2D.

Google to invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce giant
Google's search engine has been blocked in China since 2010 over its refusal to censor search results to comply with local laws. JD.com's product range and Google's market share will help both companies achieve their goals.

South Korea and Sweden World Cup match preceded by subterfuge
The culprit in question is the Sweden men's national team, which resorted to a little James Bond-esque subterfuge while preparing for Monday's FIFA World Cup Group F match against South Korea .

Chris Hardwick’s AMC talk show on hold amid sex assault allegations
AMC said Saturday it has suspended his show, " Talking with Chris Hardwick ", while it assesses the accusations against him. It clearly made the rounds. "I may take some time off the internet, please know your support means everything to me".

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.