Sir Stephen Hawking was a world famous physicist, cosmologist and author. He has been an epitome of hope and faith after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21. Professor Hawking was given only a few years to live but he proved wrong. Unlike most humans, he did not lose faith in the universe as he kept working with what he had– his brilliant mind. Hawking would communicate with the help of a computer after he lost complete control of his limbs and body.
At the age of 76, Sir Hawking breathed his last in his Cambridge home. While his family did not announce the reason of his dedath, they did give us some repletion by telling the world that he left us in peace.
Stephen Hawking was not only known for his work in blackholes, he was a renowned author with his book “A Brief History Of Time”. Several documentaries, feature films as well as television films have been made regarding the works and life of the genius. ‘The Theory Of Everything’, a movie starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking was a blockbuster movie of 2014. The movie had managed to bag 19 awards out of the 91 nominations it had recieved in several award shows.
Here is a list of accolades: List of Accolades Recieved ‘By The Theory Of Everthing’
Here are a few quotes by the genius
1) “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.”
2) “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
3) “Quiet people have the loudest minds.”
4) “Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?”
5) “For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”
6) “It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. Its a crazy world out there. Be curious.”
7) “The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.”
8) “I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.”
9) “One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist…..Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist”
10) “I regard the afterlife to be a fairy story for people that are afraid of the dark”
RIP Stephen. You are missed.
Also read: [To Love And Lose: As Told By Lang Leav ]