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    Stephen Hawking in 2013
    Credit: Rick Diaz © Official SWH
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium – Beckman Auditorium

Stephen Hawking Public Lecture

The title of Dr. Hawking's talk is "The Origin of the Universe.

[NOTE: The text of a similarly-titled lecture from 2005 is available on Dr. Hawking's website.]

Stephen Hawking is the Director of Research in the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, and is also the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at Caltech. For over 45 years he has been a world leader in research on the birth of the universe, black holes, and the nature of space, time, and gravity.

Admission & Seating

This event is free, with 500 seats in Beckman Auditorium available on a first-come, first-served basis the evening of the lecture. Overflow will be accommodated by video/audio feed to Ramo Auditorium, where all seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis the evening of the lecture. In addition, there will be a video/audio feed onto the lawn in front of Beckman Auditorium with a giant outdoor screen.

Ticket disbursement may be as early as 6:45 p.m. at the Western side of the Beckman Mall (nearest the Beckman Behaviorial Biology Building). Stand in the orange "Guests without Tickets" line. Tickets will be handed out on a one-to-one basis. In other words, you and your entire party must be in line when tickets are handed out in order to gain admission into the venues. 


Arrival Time

Guests Without Tickets (orange line) are urged to arrive early. We cannot suggest a time that you should arrive, because we do not know what times other people plan on arriving. Camping on campus the night before the lecture is NOT ALLOWED.



Parking before 5:00 p.m. on weekdays requires a temporary permit while on campus. Paid parking permits are only valid for un-named parking spaces. Please pay attention to street signs and postings. Pay stations are located in various Caltech parking lots/structures. Parking is free after 5:00 p.m., at which time you may park in any open space. There are two parking structures on Wilson Avenue, one on Holliston Avenue, and parking lots on Michigan Avenue.



There will be public portable restrooms and handwashing stations available on campus, behind Beckman Auditorium.
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