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Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis throw more than £ 1 million in an auction


Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and a copy of his thesis collected over £ 1 million at auction.

The famous physicist, who died in March this year, sold his personal effects at an online auction for nine days.

As well as the wheelchair and thesis signed (one of only five copies), a screenplay for his appearance on the animated Simpson show is also sold.

Professor Hawking's wheelchair raised £ 296,750, while his thesis entitled "Characteristics of the Expansion of the Universe" brought £ 584,750. The Simpsons script sold for £ 6,250.

Proceeds from the sale of a red wheelchair will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neuron Diseases Association.

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

Auctioneer Christie had a variety of other scientist-related items available at auction, including a collection of his medals and awards.

According to the daughter of Professor Hockey Lucy, the auction gave his fans an opportunity to buy a souvenir from the extraordinary life of our father 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 to live. Despite this, he lived until 76 and became world famous for his work in astrophysics.

The Simpsons script sold in the auction (photo: Christie)

His most famous work, A Brief History of Time, was published in 1988 and sold more than 10 million copies and was translated into 35 languages.

Recently, the physicist published his latest book, "Short Answers to Great Questions," published after his death.

Among other things, the book deals with questions of whether there is a God, whether intelligent life exists in the universe and whether time travel is actually possible.

"Each of us is free to believe what we want, and that is my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God," he writes, according to the telegraph.

Scientist Stephen Hawking dies in March (Getty)

"No one created the universe and no one manages fate.

"This leads me to an in-depth realization: probably not even in the sky and in the afterlife, I believe that faith in life after death is only wishful thinking."

Stephen Hawking's "big questions" answered

1. Is there a God?

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

2. How did it all begin?

& # 39; Hot Big Bang.

3. Is there any other intelligent life in the universe?

"There are forms of intelligent life there, and we have to be careful not to turn on our backs until we develop a little more."

4. Can we predict the future?

& # 39; t and yes. The main rules allow us to predict the future, but in practice it is too difficult. "

5. What's inside a black hole?

"Fell into a black hole is definitely bad news.If this black hole was your star mass will turn spaghetti before reaching the horizon"

6. Is time travel possible?

"Traveling back in time can not be ruled out by our current understanding"

7. Will we survive on earth?

"The current world order has a future, but it will be very different."

8. Should we reconcile space?

"I expect that in the next hundred years we will be able to travel anywhere in the solar system"

9. Does artificial intelligence trick us?

"Super intelligent AI will be very good at achieving goals and if these goals do not match our we are in trouble."

10. How do we shape the future?

"Remember to look up at the stars and not go down to your feet."

As well as answering questions, Hawking revealed some of the concerns he had about the future – especially that the race of superhumans could be the fall of all of us.

In the book, Professor Hawking states that he is concerned that rich people will begin to edit their DNA and their children to create "superhumans" who will be more intelligent and live longer.

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