Scientific bet on naked singularities (first bet)

Made:
1991 in Pasadena
maker:
Stephen Hawking

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Typed Document signed (with thumbprint), 24 September 1991. A scientific bet with John P. Preskill and Kip Thorne.

In addition to photographs, all of the walls and surfaces of Stephen Hawking's office were covered in posters, customized framed gifts and artwork, which together represent over two hundred items. Their location shifted with some frequency, and some items were circulated in and out, but there remained a consistent sample from throughout his professional life. Some of the older items, having hung for many decades on several of his office spaces, show considerable fading caused by sunlight.

Details

Category:
Stephen Hawking Office
Collection:
Stephen Hawking’s Office
Object Number:
2021-561/434
Measurements:
overall (yellow folder closed): 298 mm x 230 mm .035 kg
overall (signed paper): 280 mm x 217 mm .00463 kg
type:
document
taxonomy:
credit:
Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government from the Estate of Stephen Hawking and allocated to the Science Museum, 2021