10 Inspiring Quotes From British Physicist Stephen Hawking

RIP, Dr. Hawking. :(


 

(SPOT.ph) Astronauts, scientists, and celebrities all over the world today mourn the death of British theoretical physicist and author Stephen Hawking, who died on March 14 at the age of 76. His family's spokesperson said that he passed away peacefully at his home in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

 

 

“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world," his children Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement.

 

In 1963, at the age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with a form of the motor neuron disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and was given only two years to live. He defied this prognosis and continued with his work while confined to a wheelchair and speaking only through a computer for most of his time in the public eye.

 

 

 

Author of the 1988 best-seller A Brief History of Time, he brought together the many fundamental fields of physics: gravitation, cosmology, quantum theory, thermodynamics, and information theory. He particularly focused on the Big Bang Theory and its similarity to the behavior of black holes, but in reverse. If this all sounds too abstract, let's just say that he dedicated his career to developing a single equation to explain the universe, the holy grail of physics—"The Theory of Everything," which was also the title of the 2014 film inspired by his life story. He appeared several times in popular media—as a version of himself or in animated formsuch as in Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory, Futurama, and The Simpsons

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As the world lost “modern cosmology’s brightest star,” people turned to some his words of wisdom that will forever live on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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