Stephen Hawking Discusses
"Imagination and Change -- Science in
the Next Millennium"
On March 6, Cambridge University Physicist Stephen Hawking presented a lecture on science in the
next millennium. The lecture was the second in a series of White House
Millennium Evenings, White House gatherings that bring together scholars,
scientists, and creative individuals from many fields whose ideas help us honor
our past and imagine our future as we approach this milestone in human history.
The Millennium Evening was held in the East Room of the White House.
Professor Hawking discussed, "Imagination and Change: Science in the Next
Millennium." His best-selling book about the evolution of the universe, A Brief
History of Time, has been translated into 33 languages and has sold 9 million
copies. Professor Hawking is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge
University, a position once held by Sir Isaac Newton. He is also the head of
the General Relativity and Gravity Group in the Department of Applied
Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.
The National Endowment for the Humanities co-sponsored the Millennium
Evening with support from Sun Microsystems, Inc.
The Millennium Evening aired on C-SPAN, the BBC was broadcast via satellite and shown at downlink sites across the country.
State Humanities Councils and many community colleges organized special events around
the broadcast, including receptions and discussion forums. Professor Hawking's
lecture was also broadcast via cybercast, accessible from the White House and
Sun Microsystems web sites. The cybercast provided users with access to live
video and audio coverage of the event.
The first Millennium Evening was held on February 11, 1998, with
Harvard historian Bernard Bailyn. Professor Bailyn lectured on the core
American ideas which must be preserved as we move into the next millennium.
President Clinton's Remarks and
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