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Watch: Here are some of Stephen Hawking’s finest ideas (including an interview with John Oliver)

The physicist died in his home in Cambridge at 76, an age he never expected to live to.

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Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) was not only one of the most brilliantly original scientists the world has seen, he was, arguably, the voice of cosmology over the past four decades. One of his most fascinating interviews was to talk-show host John Oliver (video above), not only covering parallel universes – a pet Hawking idea – and artificial intelligence but also being impishly funny.

Despite having lost his complete motor skills, including the power of speech – because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – Hawking continued to awe the world with original scientific work as well as books, including A Brief History of Time, and lectures explaining modern theoretical physics to lay persons.

After being diagnosed with ALS at 22, Hawking was given only a few more years to live. On turning 75, he told the BBC in an interview, “I never expected to reach 75, so I feel very fortunate to be able to reflect on my legacy.” Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England, on March 14, 2018 – 139 years after the day Albert Einstein was born.

The videos below capture some of Hawking’s most interesting ideas in theoretical physics and cosmology.

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Hawking also made a few television appearances, in shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons and Star Trek (videos below, in that order).

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Once, Hawking got into an epic chess match with Paul Rudd. However, it was no ordinary game – what they played was “quantum chess”. Watch the match below:

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Following a mountaineer as he reaches the summit of Mount Everest

Accounts from Vikas Dimri’s second attempt reveal the immense fortitude and strength needed to summit the Everest.

Vikas Dimri made a huge attempt last year to climb the Mount Everest. Fate had other plans. Thwarted by unfavourable weather at the last minute, he came so close and yet not close enough to say he was at the top. But that did not deter him. Vikas is back on the Everest trail now, and this time he’s sharing his experiences at every leg of the journey.

The Everest journey began from the Lukla airport, known for its dicey landing conditions. It reminded him of the failed expedition, but he still moved on to Namche Bazaar - the staging point for Everest expeditions - with a positive mind. Vikas let the wisdom of the mountains guide him as he battled doubt and memories of the previous expedition. In his words, the Everest taught him that, “To conquer our personal Everest, we need to drop all our unnecessary baggage, be it physical or mental or even emotional”.

Vikas used a ‘descent for ascent’ approach to acclimatise. In this approach, mountaineers gain altitude during the day, but descend to catch some sleep. Acclimatising to such high altitudes is crucial as the lack of adequate oxygen can cause dizziness, nausea, headache and even muscle death. As Vikas prepared to scale the riskiest part of the climb - the unstable and continuously melting Khumbhu ice fall - he pondered over his journey so far.

His brother’s diagnosis of a heart condition in his youth was a wakeup call for the rather sedentary Vikas, and that is when he started focusing on his health more. For the first time in his life, he began to appreciate the power of nutrition and experimented with different diets and supplements for their health benefits. His quest for better health also motivated him to take up hiking, marathon running, squash and, eventually, a summit of the Everest.

Back in the Himalayas, after a string of sleepless nights, Vikas and his team ascended to Camp 2 (6,500m) as planned, and then descended to Base Camp for the basic luxuries - hot shower, hot lunch and essential supplements. Back up at Camp 2, the weather played spoiler again as a jet stream - a fast-flowing, narrow air current - moved right over the mountain. Wisdom from the mountains helped Vikas maintain perspective as they were required to descend 15km to Pheriche Valley. He accepted that “strength lies not merely in chasing the big dream, but also in...accepting that things could go wrong.”

At Camp 4 (8,000m), famously known as the death zone, Vikas caught a clear glimpse of the summit – his dream standing rather tall in front of him.

It was the 18th of May 2018 and Vikas finally reached the top. The top of his Everest…the top of Mount Everest!

Watch the video below to see actual moments from Vikas’ climb.

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Vikas credits his strength to dedication, exercise and a healthy diet. He credits dietary supplements for helping him sustain himself in the inhuman conditions on Mount Everest. On heights like these where the oxygen supply drops to 1/3rd the levels on the ground, the body requires 3 times the regular blood volume to pump the requisite amount of oxygen. He, thus, doesn’t embark on an expedition without double checking his supplements and uses Livogen as an aid to maintain adequate amounts of iron in his blood.

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