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Stephen Hawking, author of the Big Bang theory dies at 76

London / British physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge in the United Kingdom, a spokesperson for the Hawking family said in a statement to the media on Wednesday.

The scientist will go down in history as the creator of the “big bang” theory – a term he used to refer to the origin of space and time – among other accomplishments, while he was also known for his work on black holes that, according to him, are not completely black because they emit radiation.

His 1988 bestseller, A Brief History of Time, is a compilation of a good part of his discoveries and theories, and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

Hawking reversed his original theory on black holes in 2004 and put forward a new one, which put into question the holes being a kind of bottomless pit, as he himself had maintained.

In July 2015, he presented a research project on alien life at the Royal Society of London.

The theoretical physicist, born into a family of Oxford intellectuals on Jan. 8, 1942, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1963.

In a wheelchair since 2005, he could only communicate by moving a muscle under his eye with which he operated a speech synthesizer. (March 14, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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En la noticia se dice que…
A
un científico ha sido hospitalizado.
B
ha muerto un conocido físico.
C
ha muerto un químico.
Question 2
Stephen Hawking era…
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de Reino Unido.
B
de Alemania.
C
de Estados Unidos.
Question 3
En el texto se dice que…
A
Hawking nunca estuvo interesado en estudiar el universo.
B
Hawking realizó estudios sobre el origen del universo.
C
Hawking no llegó a publicar nada relacionado con el universo.
Question 4
Según el texto, la teoría del ‘big bang’…
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no aborda temas relacionados con la física.
B
está relacionada con el origen del espacio y del tiempo.
C
no explica el origen del espacio y del tiempo.
Question 5
En la noticia se dice que…
A
Hawking no abordó el tema de los agujeros negros.
B
el propio Hawking hizo una nueva teoría sobre los agujeros negros.
C
Hawking siempre pensó que no había nada en los agujeros negros.
Question 6
Hawking estuvo interesado en la búsqueda de vida extraterrestre.
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Así es.
B
Para nada.
C
¡Imposible saberlo!
Question 7
Este científico padeció una enfermedad que afectaba a su movilidad.
A
Falso.
B
No se sabe.
C
Verdadero.
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