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Episode 5

Last thoughts on a range of big topics from Stephen Hawking
Last thoughts on a range of topics, taken from the extraordinary career of Stephen Hawking.

What lies ahead in the scientific realm? Especially for the young? One thing is for certain the author - "I don't believe in boundaries" This is followed by a poignant afterword from the author's daughter.

Readers Anton Lesser and Lucy Hawking

Producer Duncan Minshull

Episode 4

Last thoughts on a range of big topics from Stephen Hawking
Last thoughts on a range of topics, taken from the extraordinary career of Stephen Hawking.

The author turns his gaze towards artificial intelligence. "I think there is no significant difference between how the brain of an earthworm works and how a computer computes."

Reader Anton Lesser

Producer Duncan Minshull

Episode 3

Last thoughts on a range of big topics from Stephen Hawking
Last thoughts on a range of topics, taken from the extraordinary career of Stephen Hawking.

This time, a thrilling question is posed. "Why should we go into space? The obvious answer is because it's there.. all around us.." And where to? Well, the author reveals some possibilities.

Reader Anton Lesser

Producer Duncan Minshull

Episode 1

Last thoughts on a range of big topics from Stephen Hawking
Last thoughts on a range of topics, taken from the extraordinary career of Stephen Hawking; and abridged for radio by Katrin Williams:

First of all he recalls his upbringing and his youthful research work, enabling him to say: 'I am a scientist with a deep fascination with physics, cosmology, the universe and the future of humanity."

Reader Anton Lesser

Producer Duncan Minshull

Episode 2

Last thoughts on a range of big topics from Stephen Hawking
Last thoughts on a range of topics, taken from the extraordinary career of Stephen Hawking.

This time our two fundamental belief systems, religion and science, are discussed. "My work is about finding a rational framework to understand the universe around us - says the author. Universal laws are the thing!

Reader Anton Lesser

Producer Duncan Minshull

Stephen Hawking items fetch £1.8m at auction

Stephen Hawking died in March aged 76
BBC

Some of Stephen Hawking's personal items, including a signed copy of his 1965 PhD thesis, have raised more than £1.8m ($2.35m) at auction.

A total of 22 items owned by the Cambridge physicist, who died in March, were auctioned by Christie's.

The copy of his thesis titled Properties of Expanding Universes - one of only five - was sold for £584,750.

An early wheelchair raised £296,750 for charity and a script for his appearance on The Simpsons sold for £6,250.

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Stephen Hawking's daughter on his final work

Lucy Hawking on losing her father and on the big questions his new book asks.
Lucy Hawking speaks to the BBC's Luke Jones about losing her father earlier this year and his new book which she has helped finish.