14th March 2018 will be from now on regarded as a day of loss for the world of science. That’s because of Stephen Hawking’s death. This English astrophysicist, cosmologist and theoretical physicist from University of Cambridge contributed to shaping of modern science. His research, centred around general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, have become phenomenon and have helped to understand the universe better. For his achievements he received many awards and honours. During most of his life he had to live with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Due to the fact of progressing disease he was forced to use a wheelchair for motion and speech synthesiser to communicate.
Stephen Hawking, as a wise man, had opinions about different aspects of life. Here are some of his quotes:
„In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years? […] I don’t know the answer. That is why I asked the question, to get people to think about it, and to be aware of the dangers we now face.”
„What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.”
„Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now.”
„Quiet people have the loudest minds.”
He made many cameos in popular media (for instance: in an episode of „Star Trek: The Next Generation”, on „The Simpsons”, at the Monty Python Live (Mostly) in 2014).
Stephen Hawking died peacefully in his home in Cambridge. He died at the age of 76. As a matter of fact, his date of birth and death are very symbolic. He was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death (8th January 1942) and died on the 139th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birth.
He will be buried at Westminster Abbey next to Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin
News prepared by Kacper Górak from IIIB.
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