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Glass Apple
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Glass Apple
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Glass Apple
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Group image of 2021-561/18, Glass apple made by Amlong Crystal and painted in green, blue, yellow, and red spots to
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Glass apple made by Amlong Crystal and painted in green, blue, yellow, and red spots to represent the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation map of the universe. Presented to Stephen Hawking by Intel on his 75th birthday.

The hand-painted pattern on this glass apple was inspired by a map of the ‘microwave background’, the afterglow from the big bang which still fills the universe. Hawking called this pattern the ‘fingerprints of creation’.

The apple was a 75th birthday gift from Intel, Hawking’s collaborator on communications software and scientific visualisations. Its shape is a nod to Isaac Newton, who formulated the first laws of gravity.

Details

Category:
Stephen Hawking Office
Collection:
Stephen Hawking’s Office
Object Number:
2021-561/18/1
Materials:
acrylic paint and glass
type:
ornament
taxonomy:
  • object genres
credit:
Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government from the Estate of Stephen Hawking and allocated to the Science Museum, 2021