Roger Penrose Public Lecture
Professor Hawking launched the Roger Penrose Public Lecture series in recognition of Professor Penrose’s lifetime contribution to mathematical sciences. In addition, Professor Hawking was acknowledging his lengthy scientific collaboration with a close friend. Public tickets for the professor’s speech on quantum black holes were sold out in minutes.
This speech for the international charity, Sightsavers, took place in Churchill College in the University of Cambridge on Tuesday, 12th December 2017 and is the last speech that Professor Hawking made in public. It was of particular importance to the professor because of the link with his father, the renowned parasitologist, Frank Hawking.
Where did his ingenious ideas come from? A blend of qualities, perhaps: intuition, originality, brilliance. Einstein had the ability to look beyond the surface to reveal the underlying structure. He was undaunted by common sense, the idea that things must be the way they seemed. He had the courage to pursue ideas that seemed absurd to others.
I never expected A Brief History of Time to do as well as it did. Not everyone may have finished it, or understood everything they read. But they at least got the idea that we live in a universe governed by rational laws that we can discover and understand
When you are faced with the possibility of an early death, it makes you realise that life is worth living, and that there are lots of things you want to do
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail… There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers: that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark
Life in the Universe
"In this talk, I would like to speculate a little, on the development of life in the universe, and in particular, the development of intelligent life. I shall take this to include the human race, even though much of its behaviour through out history, has been pretty stupid, and not calculated to aid the survival of the species."