Stephen Hawking (8 Jan. 1942 – 14 March 2018) – an English theoretical physicist was one of the greatest scientific minds in the history of the world who inspired generations of scientists. Hawking was one of the world’s most acclaimed cosmologists, a medical miracle and probably the galaxy’s most unlikely superstar celebrity.
Some major information about St. Hawking
St. Hawking was the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. He used to work on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.
Hawking had a rare slow progressing form of motor neuron disease ( ALS) that gradually paralysed him over the decades. Even after the loss of his speech, he was still able to communicate through a speech – generating device.
In 1988 Hawking published a popular – science book on cosmology:’ A Brief History of Time’- an international bestseller. He wrote the book for non-specialist readers with no prior knowledge of scientific theories. Hawking uses non- technical terms about the structure, origin development and eventual fate of the universe. He talks about basic concepts like space and time, basic building blocks that make up the universe (such as quarks) and the fundamental forces that govern it ( such as gravity). He writes about cosmological phenomena such as the Big Bang and black holes. He discusses two major theories, general relativity and quantum mechanics.
In 2006 Hawking posed an open question on the Internet: ‘ In a world that is chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years ? I asked the question, to get people to think about it, and to be aware of the dangers we now face.’
Hawking expressed concern that life on Earth is at risk from a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, global warming or other dangers humans have not yet thought of. Hawking warned that superintelligent artificial intelligence could be pivotal in steering humanity’s fate, stating that the potential benefits are huge. Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. It might also be the last , unless we learn how to avoid the risks.
Stephen Hawking died on 14 March, 2018 at the age of 76 in his house in Cambridge, Great Britain.
Here are some of his most famous quotes which will inspire you when you get discouraged.
“ One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” – S. Hawking
“ Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny”. – S. Hawking
“ We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet”. – S. Hawking
“ I think the human race doesn’t have a future if it doesn’t go into space”. – S. Hawking
“ If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future? “.– S. Hawking
“ I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘ how’, and ‘ why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.” – S. Hawking
Written by: Anna Pędziwiatr