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Stephen Hawking will not be forgotten

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On 14th of March this year, in the early hours of the Wednesday morning one of the most brilliant scientists of our century left us.

Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76 in his home in Cambridge. 

There are many extraordinary things about him, I am not saying that in the past tense as I truly believe that his achievements and his courage touched many people and will continue to do so even when he is gone. He can be remembered for many things, for his work which expands our boundaries of knowledge, for his passion and brevity in a face of adversity of his disability, for his kindness, for his sense of humour. He was truly and remarkably extraordinary example of someone who would do everything he could in order to lead a great life and to follow his passion no matter what life can throw at him.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the disease that changed profoundly Hawking’s life when he was diagnosed with it at the age of 21, while most patients are diagnosed between 40 and 70. Also, he is the only person who managed to live so long with such disease, 55 years lifespan as most people die within a decade or so after the disease is identified.

In an interview with New York Times he said:

❝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.❞

To put it mildly, Stephen Hawking was a hero.

As a scientist, he made a huge contribution in the fields of physics, among them, are his explanation of the Big Bang Theory and the idea of the singularity, the expansion of the universe, the nature of black holes, as well as unifying general relativity and quantum theory.

Among the fact that he was a brilliant psychophysicist, he held strong views on different topics and he was never averse to express them openly.

On what he said about AI development:

❝The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate... Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete and would be superseded.❞ 

Another case of a point was his opposition towards the privatisation of the NHS as he stated clearly that: “If that all sounds political, that is because the NHS has always been political. It was set up in the face of political opposition”. He was also widely outspoken about Brexit and the catastrophic consequences of it as much as the election of Donald Trump, as he said that “we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity.”

Above all, Hawking gave us hope and inspiration, many people are quoting one of his famous quotes on Twitter and Facebook in order to pay a tribute to him.

“Remember to 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. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

Stephen would be remembered for his infinite capacity of being funny, here are some of the moments he made us laugh.

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver asked: “You’ve stated that you believe there could be an infinite number of parallel universes. Does that mean that there is a universe out there where I am smarter than you?”

Hawking replied: “Yes, and also a universe where you’re funny.”

Or when he said that: ❝Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.“

Thank you for being part of our universe, Stephen Hawking. You won't be forgotten. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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