Monday, 27 October 2014
Stephen Hawking joins Facebook , First post for ice bucket challenge
Famed physicist and writer Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook.
Hawking has promised to share his work investigating "what makes the universe exist" with followers of his new account.
He writes, "Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit. Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the chance, I'm eager to share this journey with you. Be curious, I know I will forever be."
The message even got a "like" from Hawking's employer, the University of Cambridge, which added, "Nice to see you here Stephen Hawking."
Hawking also shared a video of him accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge, though he didn't opt to take the plunge himself. Instead, his three children stepped up to do the challenge on his behalf. In the video Hawking says, "It would not be wise for me to have a bucket of cold water poured over me."
Hawking then nominated Ian Blatchford, director of The Science Museum, Lord Sainsbury, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge to take the challenge.
Some speculate that Hawking's decision to join Facebook may be a marketing stunt for his upcoming biopic, The Theory Of Everything. So far, no promotional material for the film has been posted to his page. The movie will detail Hawking's first marriage and his early battles with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Hawking has already amassed over 1,300,000 followers on the site.