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09/29/2013 08:34 am ET

Stephen Hawking's 'Big Ideas' Explained In Cartoon Form (VIDEO)

What's at the center of a black hole? And what happens at the edge of a black hole?

Stephen Hawking has some big ideas that answer these big questions. Called one of the most influential physicists of our time, you might assume that his theories are too complicated for the layperson to wrap his or her mind around.

But in some ways, his ideas are easier to understand than you might think. Through animation and narration, The Guardian's science correspondent Alok Jha explains them all in a two-and-half-minute cartoon in a way that everyone can easily grasp. Check it out above.

And why give Hawking's theories the cartoon treatment?

"I suppose the incredible thing is that he came up with all these profound, provocative insights without the convenience of being able to write anything down," Jha says in the video. Hawking, who authored A Brief History of Time, is paralyzed as a result of motor neuron disease.

[H/T The Guardian]

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