Last week, WIRED published a recent interview with Stephen Hawking. The interview covers a warehouse full of subjects – including black holes, his doubts about M-theory, his favorite eureka moment, and the importance of science education.
WIRED: There was a point in your life where you lost the ability to speak and, in effect, to communicate. Later, you wrote A Brief History of Time, which reshaped the science publishing landscape and opened up the market for popular-science books. Where does your desire to communicate science come from?
Hawking: I was able to speak with a speech synthesiser, though it gave me an American accent. I have kept that voice, because it’s now my trademark. Before I lost my voice, it was slurred, so only those close to me could understand, but with the computer voice, I found I could give popular lectures. I enjoy communicating science. It is important that the public understands basic science, if they are not to leave vital decisions to others.
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