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Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and his thesis accounted for over £ 1 million. At auction



Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and a copy of his thesis have accumulated more than £ 1m in auction.

The famous physicist, who died in March this year, placed his personal items in an electronic auction for nine days.

In addition to the wheelchair and the signed thesis (one of only five copies), a script was also released for its appearance on the The Simpsons animated show.

Professor Hawking's wheelchair raised £ 296,750 while his thesis, Properties of Expanding Universes, was £ 584,750. The Simpsons scenario was sold for £ 6,250.

Revenue from the sale of the red leather wheelchair will be made available to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Association of Mobile Neuronal Diseases.

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair was sold for £ 296,750 (Getty)

Christie's journalist had a number of other scientist related items available at the auction, including a collection of medals and prizes.

According to Professor Hawking Lucy's daughter, the auction gave the fans of his work the opportunity to get a message of our father's extraordinary life in the form of a small selection of exciting and fascinating items.

Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at the age of 22 and received two years of life. Nevertheless, he lived at 76 and became world famous for his work in astrophysics.

The Simpsons scenario sold at the auction (Picture: Christie's)

His most famous work, A Short History of Time, was published in 1988 and has sold over 10 million copies and translated into 35 languages.

The physicist recently had his last book, Short Answers to the Big Questions, published posthumously.

Among other things, the book deals with questions about whether there is a god, if there is intelligent life there in the universe and if the journey in time is really possible.

"We are free to believe what we want and I think the simplest explanation is that there is no God," he writes, according to The Telegraph.

Scientist Stephen Hawking died in March (Getty)

"No one created the universe and none of the directors out the fate.

"This leads me to a deep awareness: there is probably no sky and afterlife. I think the belief in the afterlife is simply pious. "


Stephen Hawking's great questions answered

1. Is there God?

"There is no God. No one directs the universe.

2. How did they get started?

"In a Hot Big Bang".

3. Is there another intelligent life in the Universe?

"There are forms of intelligent life out there. We have to be wary of answering until it grows a bit longer. "

4. Can we predict the future?

"No and yes. Above all, laws allow us to predict the future, but in practice it is very difficult. "

5. What is inside a Black Hole?

"Falling in a black hole is definitely bad news. If it was a stellar black mass hole it would become spaghetti before you reach the horizon.

6. Is it possible to transport in time?

"Time travel can not be ruled out under the present understanding,

7. Will we survive on Earth?

"Today's world order has a future, but it will be very different."

8. Should we colonize space?

"I expect that in the next 100 years we will be able to travel anywhere in the Solar System"

9. Will Artificial Intelligence overcome us?

"A very smart AI will be extremely good at achieving the goals and if these goals are not aligned with ours, we have a problem."

10. How do we shape the future?

"Remember to look at the stars and not on your feet."

In addition to answering questions, Hawking revealed some fears he had about the future – especially that a race of superheroes could be the fall of our rest.

In the book, Professor Hawking states that he fears that rich people will begin to process theirs and their children's DNA to create "superhumans" that will be smarter and will live longer.


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