A new museum exhibit hopes to reveal the secrets behind the doodles, inside jokes and cryptic messages on the board that legendary physicist Stephen Hawking has been untouched for more than 35 years.
The history of the blackboard dates back to 1980, when Hawking joined fellow physicists at a conference on hyperspace and supergravity at the University of Cambridge in the UK, according to Watchman. While trying to exit a file cosmic “The Theory of Everything” – a set of equations that combine the rules of general relativity And Quantum mechanics – Hawking’s classmates used the board as a welcome distraction, filling it with a mixture of half-completed equations, perplexing puns, and fuzzy doodles.
The confusing chalkboard is still preserved more than 40 years later, and has just appeared in public view for the first time ever as the centerpiece of a new exhibition in Hawking’s office, which opened on February 10 at London Science Museum. The museum will welcome physicists and Hawking’s friends – WHO Died in 2018 At 76 – from all over the world hoping they can decipher some hand scribbled doodles.
What, for example, does “stupendous symmetry” mean? Who is the Martian with the shaggy beard drawn heavily in the middle of the blackboard? Why is there a floppy-nosed squid that climbs over a brick wall? What is hidden inside the tin can called Exxon’s “Super Gravity”? We hope that the great minds of mathematics and physics of the world can rise to the occasion with the answers.
The blackboard joins dozens of other artifacts on display at Hawking, including a copy of the physicist’s work 1966 Ph.D. hypothesis About the expanding universe, his wheelchair and character jacket given to him by the creators of “The Simpsons” in honor of his multiple appearances on the show. The exhibition will run until June 12 at London’s Science Museum, before hitting the road with stops at several other museums in the UK, according to The Guardian.
Hawking was born in England on January 8, 1942. While studying cosmology at Cambridge University in 1963, he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). After that, Hawking was expected to live only two years after he was only 21 years old. He continued to live and work for more than five decades, publishing groundbreaking works black holesthe The Big Bang Theory and general relativity.
Originally published on Live Science.