Stephen Hawking is among the most famous physicists in history -- and still one of the leading faces in the field today -- but Alok Jha felt that too few people know what Professor Hawking has actually achieved and wanted to do something about it. From this came his video, “Stephen Hawking’s big ideas . . . made simple,” which was published on the web site of the British Guardian newspaper. In it, Jha and his collaborators at the London-based animation company Scriberia use colorful animation to illustrate Hawking’s answers of black holes and the origins of the universe in just two and a half minutes.
Alok Jha is a physics graduate from Imperial College London and has been a journalist (working for the Guardian, BBC TV and radio and ITV News) for more than 15 years. He has reported on everything from space to stem cells, has broadcast live from Antarctica and has flown in a zero-gravity plane normally used to train astronauts. He is the author of two books about science and is working on a third, a human biography of water.