The TED community is busy as ever! Below, a few highlights. Brené Brown special planned for Netflix. As she announced on Instagram, vulnerability expert Dr. Brené Brown has partnered with Netflix for a one-hour special: The Call to Courage. In the show, Dr. Brown will explain how to embrace vulnerability as a source of power […]Continue reading
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A specialist in cosmology and quantum gravity and a devotee of black holes, Stephen Hawking probed the origins of the cosmos, the nature of time and the universe's ultimate fate -- earning him accolades including induction into the Order of the British Empire. To the public, he's best known as an author of bestsellers such as The Universe in a Nutshell and A Brief History of Time, which have brought an appreciation of theoretical physics to millions.
Though the motor neuron disorder ALS confined Hawking to a wheelchair, it didn't stop him from lecturing widely, making appearances on television shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Simpsons -- and planning a trip into orbit with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. A true academic celebrity, he used his public appearances to raise awareness about potential global disasters -- such as global warming -- and to speak out for the future of humanity: "Getting a portion of the human race permanently off the planet is imperative for our future as a species," he said.
Hawking served as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, where he contributed to both high-level physics and the popular understanding of our universe.
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The TED community is brimming with new books and projects. Below, a selection of highlights. A powerful story of an American odyssey. Writer and business leader Casey Gerald has published a new memoir on his journey through American life. Titled There Will Be No Miracles Here, the book tells Gerald’s story from a childhood of […]Continue reading