An ambitious man once said: “My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” And he made sure he dedicated his life to this purpose. World-renowned British theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018, leaving behind an unparalleled scientific legacy.
While many of us don’t fully understand the details of this legacy, we can still grasp its immense importance from the reactions and the feedback of the scientific community following his published research papers and books.
To put it (relatively) simply, Stephen Hawking was world-famous for his work in the fields of cosmology (the study of the origin and nature of the universe), general relativity (Einstein’s theory that factored gravity into the relativistic view of the universe) and quantum gravity (which attempts to explain the physics of gravity in terms of quantum mechanics), especially in the context of black holes.
Hawking’s popularity spiked when he published his runaway bestseller A Brief History of Time in 1988. The book was written for nonspecialist readers, allowing us to peak into this exclusive world. Thirty years later, it is still a reference for anyone trying to understand the universe surrounding us.
After 76 years of existence and ground-breaking discoveries, we can safely predict that Stephen Hawking may have some singular views about the universe and life. So what had he seen that we didn’t?
21.) Words Of Wisdom
“I believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. It is a basic human desire. And it also puts our worries in perspective.”
― From an interview With Larry King on 2010
20.) Drawing Real Life Lessons From Scientific Theories
“If you feel like you’re in a black hole, don’t give up. There is a way out.”
― From Professor’s Stephen Hawking’s Reith Lecture for BBC Radio 4
19.) Asking The Real Questions …
“If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?”
― From A Brief History Of Time