The BBC recently had their annual “Reith Lectures,” where each year a different leading figure of today’s world gives a series of lectures. Since Bertrand Russell gave the inaugural lectures in 1948, the BBC has had a whole host of prominent artists, historians, philosophers, doctors, and scientists. This year, it was Stephen Hawking’s turn.
On January 26 and February 2, his lectures on black holes were broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. They also joined forces with Aardman Studios to create an animation to accompany the recordings.
While Hawking describes the leading theories on black holes – along with some personal reflections – artist Andrew Park illustrates the lecture in chalk on a blackboard.
Check out Part 1: “Do black Holes Have No hair?”
Check out Part 2: “Black Holes Ain’t As Black As They Are Painted."