Monday, September 1, 2014 |
Stephen Hawking is arguably the most famous physicist of all time, known for both his astonishing professional achievements and his personal difficulties, battling a neuromuscular disorder that has left him paralysed and unable to speak. Back in the 1960s, Hawking was an aspiring scientist, healthy, and falling in love with a young woman named Jane. Jane, Hawking's wife for 30 years (they divorced in 1995), chronicles the beginning of their relationship, Stephen's career and his debilitating illness in her touching and intimate memoir, Travelling to Infinity.
In 2014, the book was used the basis for the film The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen and Felicity Jones as Jane. The film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
"I sensed that there was yet another partner lurking in our already overcrowded marriage. The fourth partner first appeared in the form of a trusted and quiescent friend, signalling the way to success and fulfilment for those who followed her. In fact she proved to be a relentless rival, as exacting as any mistress, an inexorable Siren, luring her devotees into deep pools of obsession. She was none other than Physics, cited by Einstein's first wife as the correspondent in divorce proceedings."
From Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking ©2008. Published by Alma Books.