I watched this evening on the Discover channel (via TiVo), a great documentary about Stephen Hawking, his life, his work on cosmology, black holes, the fate of the universe, and the nature of time: A Brief History of Time — also the name of his book on the subject.
It’s been on before, I think on PBS, but I’m not sure. If you get a chance, do check it out.
It probably contains nothing too revelatory for a working physical scientist, but certainly there may be some juicy nuggets for the novice physics buff like myself. He’s led a fascinating life.
After all: How many people do you know who are essentially quadriplegic, can’t speak without the help of a computer, and despite their debilities, have had a world-class career in … well, in anything really?