Famous Physicist and author Stephen Hawking was inspirational
Modern Cosmology’s brightest star, Stephen Hawking died at his home in Cambridge. He was aged 76. His family released a statement confirming his death. Hawking had three children, Lucy, Robert and Tim who in a statement said: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.
Hawking was a great scientist, author, Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology and an extraordinary man whose works inspired many especially people with disability. He suffered a rare early-onset, a slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that gradually paralyzed him but he still communicated by a single cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device. His courage and brilliance taught that nothing is impossible if one has the spirit and willpower to do it.
“He once said: ‘It would not be much of universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’
Let’s look back to some of Stephen Hawking’s famous quotes:
- 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.
- However difficult life may seem there is always something you can do and succeed at.
- We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behaviour because there are far too many equations to solve. I’m no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick, particularly women.
- The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.