Hawking experiences zero gravity during a flight over the Atlantic Ocean in 2007.
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Hawking, who died at his home in Cambridge, England, Wednesday at age 76, became the public face of science genius.In some ways, Hawking was the inheritor of Albert Einstein's mantle of the genius-as-celebrity.Hawking, who was born 300 years to the day after Galileo died, was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University.Much of Hawking's work was in the field of cosmology, a deep-thinking branch of astronomy that tries to explain the totality of the universe.Hawking's black hole work in the mid-1970s made a crucial connection in physics. Until Hawking discovered radiation coming from black holes – named "Hawking radiation" after him – the two giant theories in physics, Einstein's general relativity and quantum mechanics, often conflicted. Hawking was the first to show they connected, which Turner and others described as breakthrough at the time.The concept that stuff, radiation, comes out of black holes may have upset science fiction authors, but it inspired scientists such as Tyson, who described it as "spooky profound". Hawking's other work went beyond black holes into the more cosmic, the origins of the universe.
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