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  • The Theory of Everything: The Black Hole Thesis

    astronomy
    black hole
    spacetime singularity
    Penrose describes his black hole theory, which sparks an idea in Stephen's mind. Stephen reverses Penrose's theory and develops one of his own. Stephen suggests that the universe was born from a black hole exploding. The black hole has such strong space-time singularity that nothing can escape from it, even light. The black hole is triggered by the collapse of a star.

  • The Theory of Everything: It's Called Motor Neuron Disease

    science
    biology
    psychology
    neurological disorders
    motor neuron disease
    nervous system
    neurons
    motor neurons
    The doctor explains to Stephen Hawking that Motor Neuron Disease is affecting his ability to use any muscle activity, such as speaking, walking, breathing, and swallowing. The signals that tell the muscles to move are disrupted, and the result is gradual muscle decay.

  • The Theory of Everything: Tide and Fluorescence

    physics
    light
    phosphor
    Stephen explains to Jane that Laundry detergent glows under UV light because phosphor is added to it.