What Can We Learn From Stephen Hawking?

Stephen Hawking

Who is Stephen Hawking

Stephen William Hawking was a British author, cosmologist, and theoretical physicist. In his last years, he was doing the job as a research director at the University of Cambridge. He also served as a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.

Achievements

Stephen Hawking is the writer of best-selling books. One of the most famous books includes “ A brief history of time: From the big bang to black Holes”. He discovered Black holes in 1974 and proposed a theory that black holes emit subatomic particles until they explode.

What we can learn from Stephen Hawking?

If you watched the show Black Mirror’s season 4 episode, “The Entire History of You”, the brief scene featuring Stephen Hawking is unlikely to be forgotten soon. Hawking seemed confident in an Ayn Rand-like demeanor and was a passionate advocate of the concept of personal liberty, something which the fictional character of Marjorie Best as played by Maya Thurman-Hawke never really had to deal with.

It would be too much to go into the details about Stephen Hawking’s life or even the enormous scope of his work. His famous work A Brief History of Time, as brilliant a summary of the history of the universe as one could have hoped for, has been devoured by geeks since it was first published and would doubtless be an awe-inspiring read for most layman scientists. One thing we are unlikely to have been able to grasp completely, however, is Hawking’s optimism about the future of humankind.

That’s where a handful of these eight uplifting quotes, and several videos, come in handy. They seem like something straight out of science fiction, and we know how difficult it is for science fiction to reconcile the real world with its stories, but here are some words of wisdom that might just help us understand the difficulties we may have to overcome and gain a tiny bit of hope in a world that seems to have lost its way.

Stephen Hawking, from 2016.

“As far as we know, the laws of physics can be rewritten in any way. But the human mind can go only so far. People like me are the future of the human race. There are things we can only do in our lifetime. And if we don’t go and do them, then the human race is doomed.”

—Stephen Hawking

“All I can say is, if I were given a single life to live over again, I wouldn’t choose to go back in time. I mean, who would choose to go back in time? But if I were given a chance to live over again, I would have liked to live in this time – we live in very exciting times. We know more about physics and computers than ever before. The future, it is what we make of it. We have to make of it something good.”

—Stephen Hawking

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

—Stephen Hawking

“People ask me how I have had so long to live. I say, ‘I have lived forever, since the day I was born.”

—Stephen Hawking

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder. 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 Hawking

“Anything can happen. When I was told I had motor neuron disease, I was given two years to live. Now it’s 34 years later, and I’m still here. That’s proof that you should never give up.”

—Stephen Hawking

“And remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder. 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 Hawking

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