How the Universe Works: Stephen Hawkingâ€™s Theory of Everything, Animated in 150 Seconds | Brain Pickings
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Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking!
I love it!
A Brief History of Time in no time at all:
Legendary theoretical physicist and cosmologistÂ Stephen HawkingÂ is among the greatest scientific minds in human history. In this charming animation forÂ The Guardianâ€™sÂ MadeSimpleÂ series, UK-based animation studioÂ ScriberiaÂ â€” who also made the wonderfulÂ trailer for Oliver Burkemanâ€™sÂ AntidoteÂ â€” condenses Hawkingâ€™s expansive, mind-bendingÂ theoriesÂ down to 150 seconds. Reminiscent in spirit ofÂ the RSA animations, though much better-executed creatively, the short video is the visual equivalent ofÂ the art of the soundbite.
Memo to self: Watch more RSA animations...
amazing! i'm just watching the first few segments of the video: stephen hawking and the theory of everything. Â i love how getting deep into the understanding of anything inevitably leads to the question of god.
stephen hawking says: "my life's work has been to unify the theories of the very large and the very small. only then can we answer the more challenging questions: why are we here? where did we come from?"
earlier in the video he asks: "how can we understand the universe? is it arbitrary, or is there a grand design? do we still need a god?"
then he adds: "twenty years on, my need to find answers to the fundamental questions about our existence is undiminished."
we are lucky to have curious, intelligent minds like hawking's that can teach us all. what a gift!
Those are the really big questions. He's smart enough to explain them in a way I can understand.
What amazes me about him is he makes all his insights just by thinking because he cannot write. Wow!
Maria Popova does question whether it's too much good stuff in 150 seconds:
Though undeniably delightful, I canâ€™t help but wonder whether such quick visual syntheses of the lifeâ€™s work of boundless genius might be our eraâ€™s version of theÂ aphorisms that Susan Sontag worried commodify wisdom. But letâ€™s go with optimism and hope that, rather than exercises in reductionism, formats like this are, asÂ Neil deGrasse Tyson said of the soundbite, triggers for interest which â€śset a learning path into motion that becomes self-driven.â€ť In other words, letâ€™s hope this gets more people to readÂ A Brief History of Time, one of theseÂ seven timeless reads about time.
She makes a good point, but I still plan on watching this video many times.
i agree that it triggers interest rather than simplify genius.
thank you, adam! Â i love fun homework!
Excellent, this homework really makes you think about the universe.
If you perceive the universe as being a universe of abundance, then it will be.
"...he did it all by thought alone."
I see that theme recurring through your comments, Rob.
Imagination is more powerful than...
oh albert... that might be your best quote ever!
I think so too. Here's the full quote:
I believe in intuition and inspiration.Â â€¦ At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason. When the eclipse of 1919 confirmed my intuition, I was not in the least surprised. In fact I would have been astonished had it turned out otherwise.Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.
Source: Cosmic ReligionÂ : With Other Opinions and AphorismsÂ (1931) by Albert Einstein, p. 97; also inÂ TransformationÂ : Arts, Communication, EnvironmentÂ (1950) by Harry Holtzman, p. 138. This may be an edited version of some nearly identical quotes from the 1929Â Viereck interview.