Over the weekend Professor Stephen Hawking reached the grand age of three score years and ten. Many of the greatest minds in theoretical physics and cosmology attended "The State of the Universe" symposium at Cambridge University to discuss the very latest theoretical insights and pay tribute to Stephen Hawking's contribution to this field of scientific endeavour.Alok Jha was at the meeting and spoke to many of Hawking's peers and former students including Cambridge professor of theoretical physics Gary Gibbons, and to Hawking's biographer Kitty Ferguson.The show includes excerpts from Hawking's State of the Universe address, in which he recalls his childhood in post-war London and his deeply unpromising school career (during which he was nevertheless nicknamed "Einstein").Subscribe for free via iTunes to ensure every episode gets delivered. (Here is the non-iTunes URL feed).Follow the podcast on our Science Weekly Twitter feed and receive updates on all breaking science news stories...
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