Stephen Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) – An iconic physicist and one of the greatest minds the world has ever seen is no longer with us. He died at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge. Let us look into his life, work and his greatest achievements that made entire world mourn for him today.
Stephen Hawking came to limelight after his publication of “Brief History of Time” in 1988. He completely changed the way we imagined the Universe through his book. The book is about Cosmology, explained in non-technical terms about different aspects of the universe. In the book, he has explained various aspects of the Big bang theory, black holes and the fate of the Universe. His other popular works include gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation and wave function of the Universe. He was considered by many to be the world’s leading physicist and a huge inspiration to a generation of scientists.
Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford. He began his schooling at the Byron House School in Highgate, London. Notably, he was not a very good student, but he showed great interest in mathematics and scientific subjects. Hawking went on to pursue his university studies at University College, Oxford. During his graduation days, he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease that gradually paralyzed him completely. Remarkably, he didn’t lose hope and continued his work by communicating using a speech generating device attached to his mouth.
Discoveries and Achievements:
Stephen Hawking was an exemplary genius who could not walk, speak or live independently, but his work and achievements have unlocked a universe of possibilities that the world is exploring. He wrote numerous books and has was honored many a time for his achievements and discoveries.
Some of his famous books include A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, Universe in a Nutshell, The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe, Large Scale Structure of Space-Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and many other books. His discoveries include solving the black hole paradox, using quantum theory and with general relativity he was able to show that black holes can emit radiation. He even managed to discover that black holes could leak energy and particles into space and much more.
Choosing Pi Day to die
Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Stephen Hawking being a theoretical physics choose the best date for his exit. It is not only pi day, but it is also Einstein’s birthday. Notably, Hawking was a rare genius that the world will miss and the kind of scientist that we might never see again.
His Famous Quotes
Stephen Hawking is famous for his quotes on the Universe and life in general. Below are some of his famous quotes that would be remembered forever in his absence.
“We are running out of space, and the only place we can go to are other worlds. It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth.”
“Perhaps there was never a start and would be no end, but just change – a constant transition of one “universe” giving way to another through glitches in space-time.”
“I want to show that people need not be limited by physical handicaps as long as they are not disabled in spirit.”
“There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win, because it works.”
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to the change”
“Quiet people have the loudest minds”.
Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death. He died today, March 14th, on the anniversary of Einstein’s birth. What a #aBriefHistoryOfTime.
We are so fortunate to live in the era of this great man, in our time, who inspired millions like me by his unwavering courage, elegant books and sound beliefs …
Rest in stars ..
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