Stephen Hawking is the Lucasian Professor at Cambridge University (the professorship once held by Sir Isaac Newton). For the past 45 years he has been a world leader in research on black holes, the birth of the universe, and the nature of space, time and gravity.
Dr. Hawking will explain that black holes aren't as black as they are painted. Things can get out of a black hole to the outside and, possibly, on to another universe.
Hawking has contributed to popularizing science with his successful book A Brief History of Time, which sold 10 million copies and focuses on black holes and the big bang theory. With a lifetime spent studying cosmology and black holes, Hawking’s scientific prowess has also been captured by Hollywood in “Star Trek,” “Futurama,” “The Simpsons” and most recently – in the television series The Big Bang Theory.