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GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING: Where Are We?

Volunteers James Fitzsimmons, Joy Ng and CaTamira Babino test the Coreolous Effect machine.
Courtesy of Mikolaj Bakalarz / Bigger Bang Communications
Volunteers James Fitzsimmons, Joy Ng and CaTamira Babino test the Coreolous Effect machine.

Airs Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

In each of six episodes, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking presents three ordinary people with a series of physical and mental challenges to show them how to think like a genius. GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING will air on PBS Wednesdays, May 18-June 1, 2016.

“Do you need to be a genius to answer the big questions?” said Prof. Stephen Hawking. “I’m very pleased to be back on the air for PBS and National Geographic International with GENIUS – a project that furthers my lifelong aim to bring science to the public. It’s a fun show that tries to find out if ordinary people are smart enough to think like the greatest minds who ever lived. Being an optimist, I think they will.”

Volunteers James Fitzsimmons, Joy Ng and CaTamira Babino stand next to replica of the sun.
Courtesy of Mikolaj Bakalarz / Bigger Bang Communications
Volunteers James Fitzsimmons, Joy Ng and CaTamira Babino stand next to replica of the sun.
Scale model of the moon eclipsing the real moon.
Courtesy of Mikolaj Bakalarz / Bigger Bang Communications
Scale model of the moon eclipsing the real moon.

Through the use of large-scale experiments and remarkable demonstrations, the program decodes the mysteries of evolutionary biology, astrophysics and quantum mechanics, solving questions like “Why am I here?,” “Are we alone?” and “Can we travel through time?” Each episode features three people with curious minds who must use their own intellect to learn what humanity’s most notable thinkers have discovered about the greatest scientific mysteries over the centuries.

GENIUS takes its participants (and viewers at home) back in time – to ancient Greece, where Eratosthenes calculated the Earth’s circumference – and to more recent history and such thinkers as Edward Hubble, who uncovered and established the distances between our planet and the vast galaxies throughout the universe.

Episode 6: “Where Are We?” airs Wednesday, June 1 at 10 p.m. - Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Can they measure the earth, the solar system and even the universe - and find our true place in the cosmos?

Stephen Hawking is on Facebook. Video clips and episodes from this series are available for online viewing.

GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING is produced by Bigger Bang, which also produced the science films “Hubble’s Cosmic Journey” and “Mission Pluto” for PBS and National Geographic Channels International. Bigger Bang’s Ben Bowie and Iain Riddick serve as the series’ executive producers.

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"Three ordinary people a series of fun physical and mental challenges to show them how to think like a genius. Can they measure the earth