Thoughts of Stephen Hawking

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Thoughts of Stephen Hawking

The English physicist and mathematician, who made significant contributions to cosmology, died at the age of 76. Despite suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a rare and life-threatening condition, he made major contributions to his field of work. His children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. 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 humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.” Here are Few Thoughts of Stephen Hawking.

Thoughts of Stephen Hawking

  1. Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
  2. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
  3. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
  4. Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.
  5. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
  6. Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.
  7. The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.
  8. 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.
  9. I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.
  10. My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.
  11. I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.
  12. While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behavior because there are far too many equations to solve. I’m no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick, particularly women.
  13. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge

Few More Thoughts of Stephen Hawking

  1. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.
  2. I believe things cannot make themselves impossible.
  3. There is no unique picture of reality.
  4. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.
  5. I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
  6. We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit.
  7. God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.
  8. If I had to choose a superhero to be, I would pick Superman. He’s everything that I’m not.
  9. I’m an atheist.
  10. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
  11. I was never top of the class at school, but my classmates must have seen potential in me, because my nickname was ‘Einstein.’
  12. No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before.
  13. Nothing cannot exist forever.

Other Thoughts of Stephen Hawking

  1. A few years ago, the city council of Monza, Italy, barred pet owners from keeping goldfish in curved bowls… saying that it is cruel to keep a fish in a bowl with curved sides because, gazing out, the fish would have a distorted view of reality. But how do we know we have the true, undistorted picture of reality?
  2. Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology and the fundamental equations of physics.
  3. I hope I have helped to raise the profile of science and to show that physics is not a mystery but can be understood by ordinary people.
  4. Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor.
  5. I was born on January 8, 1942, exactly three hundred years after the death of Galileo. I estimate, however, that about two hundred thousand other babies were also born that day. I don’t know whether any of them was later interested in astronomy.
  6. If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.
  7. Not only does God play dice, but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.
  8. Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.
  9. With genetic engineering, we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA, and improve the human race. But it will be a slow process, because one will have to wait about 18 years to see the effect of changes to the genetic code.
  10. We live in a bewildering world.
  11. The radiation left over from the Big Bang is the same as that in your microwave oven but very much less powerful. It would heat your pizza only to minus 271.3*C – not much good for defrosting the pizza, let alone cooking it.
  12. In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind.
  13. Women. They are a complete mystery.

Miscellaneous

  1. We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.
  2. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
  3. 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.
  4. I’m never any good in the morning. It is only after four in the afternoon that I get going.
  5. I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time.
  6. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.
  7. One can’t predict the weather more than a few days in advance.
  8. I want to know why the universe exists, why there is something greater than nothing.
  9. I was not a good student. I did not spend much time at college; I was too busy enjoying myself.
  10. There could be shadow galaxies, shadow stars, and even shadow people.
  11. We should seek the greatest value of our action.
  12. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
  13. When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.
  14. Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway.

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