Stephen Hawking and Queen Elizabeth Share Sides of 'Black Hole Coin'

Postado Março 14, 2019

Termed "Hawking Radiation", the work is centred on the idea that black holes are not completely dark, but instead, emit radiation - meaning they will eventually disappear.

It's hard to imagine how you'd get something as massive as a black hole onto something as small as a 50p ($0.65) coin.

Hawking died past year at the age of 76.

Hawking's discovery led scientists to the unavoidable conclusion that information is lost as a black hole forms and subsequently evaporates.

Hawking was confined to a wheelchair, nearly completely paralysed and unable to speak except through his trademark voice synthesiser after having being diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged 21.

One of the world's best-known scientists, Stephen Hawking, is to feature on a new commemorative fifty pence coin, Britain's Royal Mint announced Tuesday.

"Hawking, at his playful best, invites the audience to contemplate peering into a black hole before diving in".

The coin will be available to buy from the Royal Mint's website later this month - a year after his death, aged 76.

With this coin, Stephen Hawking becomes one of an elite group of scientists to have been honoured on United Kingdom coins, alongside the likes of Charles Darwin in 2009 and Sir Isaac Newton in 2017.

The coin's designer Edwina Ellis said she wanted to portray how Professor Hawking "made hard subjects accessible, engaging and relatable".

Not only is it just the thing to remind you of one of the greatest minds in modern science, it's handy just in case you forget how to calculate the thermodynamic entropy of a Schwarzschild black hole of a given mass. "His popularisation of science and breakthrough work on black holes stand as great achievements and significant contributions to humanity", said Nicola Howell, director of consumer at the Royal Mint.