Stephen Hawking’s Family Will Beam His Voice Toward a Black Hole

The physicist’s remains will be interred at Westminster Abbey between those of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Meanwhile, his voice will stream through space.

Stephen Hawking’s family plans to broadcast a recording of his voice toward a black hole while his ashes are interred at Westminster Abbey, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Hawking’s most important work was on the structure of black holes. The famous physicist showed in 1974 that, contrary to popular belief at the time, black holes do in fact emit radiation. So it seems appropriate that a bit of radiation associated with Einstein will make its way back into a black hole. His daughter, Lucy Hawking, told the British press in a statement that the recording will be set to an original piece of music by the Greek composer Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou (more commonly known as Vangelis) and broadcast toward a black hole in the binary system 1A 0620-00, which at more than 3,000 light years away is the nearest black hole to Earth.

 

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