Stephen Hawking to present Reith Lecture on black holes
29 June 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Stephen Hawking’s lecture also marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity
Prof Stephen Hawking is to present this year’s BBC Reith Lecture, with a talk on black holes.
His lecture, to be broadcast later this year, is part of a raft of new BBC Radio 4 programmes unveiled on Monday.
They include Glenda Jackson’s return to acting, in a drama based on a cycle of 20 novels by French writer Emile Zola, and a Late Night Woman’s Hour.
Also announced is that Miles Jupp is to take over as the new host of BBC Radio 4’s comedy show The News Quiz.
Prof Hawking said he hoped his lecture would “encourage people to imagine and explore the possibilities of science – both the known, and the as yet unknown”.
He will also answer some questions sent in by listeners ahead of the recording.
“I will describe the remarkable properties of black holes, including the fact that very small black holes aren’t black at all, but glow like hot bodies,” he said.
“We should never stop trying to tell these extraordinary stories from science, and I hope my Reith Lecture will enthuse a new generation to develop ideas that will have an impact on our understanding of the world and never to be overwhelmed by the task of discovery.”
The BBC Reith Lectures began in 1948, with a talk by philosopher Bertrand Russell. Last year, surgeon Atul Gawande examined the future of medicine. Past lecturers include artist Grayson Perry, politician Aung San Suu Kyi and conductor Daniel Barenboim.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment