Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"The Theory of Everything" screening

Saw the amazing movie "The Theory of Everything" portraying the life of Stephen Hawking with Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

 Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Sharon Waxman (The Wrap) interview at the Landmark Theatre screening - Nov 10, 2014

Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) in 1963 while at Cambridge University and told he'd have two years to live. He had met Jane (Hawking) early and their romance lead to an early marriage, producing three children. Jane wrote the book "Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking,"  who was married to him for 26 years.

It  is a fascinating story and the film takes great care to tell an emotionally wrenching story about their marriage and life.

She says...
Interview with Jane Hawking

'Stephen, I hope, had belief in me that I could make everything possible for him, but he did not share my religious - or spiritual - faith.' The story of Stephen Hawking's survival in those years, and his triumphant inquiry into the origins of the universe, was, in many ways, as she recalls it, the result of a spectacular fission of their opposed philosophies. 'Stephen's belief was that if you were free to do your absolute best work you would be rewarded. My belief was that if you gave all of yourself, to what you believed was right, then that would be enough

Hollywood's Take on "The Theory of Everything"

Where does "The Theory of Everything" title come from?
The true story behind The Theory of Everything reveals that the movie's title refers to Hawking's tireless search to find a single universal equation for all existence. More specifically, it is a theory in physics that unites the four fundamental forces of nature: the strong force, the weak force, gravity and the electromagnetic force.

Physicist Sir Roger Penrose came up with the theory that when a star collapses under the force of its own gravity, it would collapse to a singular point of infinite density where time itself would come to a stop. Penrose called it a singularity, the heart of a black hole. "I worked relentlessly to see if I could apply the notion of a singularity to the entire universe," says Stephen. Then Hawking realized that by rewinding time, he could take the universe back to a singularity as well. "Here, time stops. You've reached the true beginning of everything. There is no previous time in which the universe could have had a cause. It spontaneously created itself in the Big Bang."

"I had controversially shown the laws of nature suggest there is no need for a creator or God. The universe just came into existence all by itself." -Hawking Documentary

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