An achievement against all the odds, a manifestation of amazing willpower and determination. "However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up."
We all aspire to achieve recognition and inspire others, Stephen Hawking made science accessible to everyone, inspiring others to create and see the world in a new way, who knows where it will lead.
Photography is capturing a perspective, in order to inspire. This could be said of Stephen Hawking.
When he was 21, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the doctors said he would only live a few years..
Stephen Hawking is probably the most famous influential genius of the modern age.
With the Oxford mathematician Roger Penrose, he showed that if there was a Big Bang, it must have started from an infinitely small point - a singularity.
Did you know he threw a party for time travelers in Cambridge, no one came .
His school grades ranked among the worst in his class.
A Brief History of Time - he wanted to write so everyone could understand the universe & be inspired.
He has written a children's book named "George's Secret Key to the Universe.
NASA said he offered ideas no one previously thought,
Calculates that once a black hole forms, it radiates energy and starts losing mass. The radiation gives no information about matter inside the black hole & once the hole disappears, all the information goes with it.
Boundless Universe Theory - the universe has no edges and will eventually collapse.
The Theory of Everything - the struggle to find a single theory of nature — to connect gravity & quantum mechanics, those warring descriptions of the large and the small, to explain a universe that seems stranger than anybody had thought. Yet, he has made the most progress than anyone!
Stephen’s ‘eureka moment’ revealed a profound and unexpected link between gravity and quantum theory: he predicted that black holes would not be completely black, but would radiate in a characteristic way,’
The physicist said these tiny holes weighed billions of tons but were smaller than an atom.
He was wrong! Stephen Hawking lost a bet about the concept of Black Holes, which stated that nothing can escape from a black hole, which was in violation to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Finally, he admitted his defeat in 2004.
Hawking radiation, as it is known, turned black holes upside down. It transformed them from destroyers to creators — or at least to recyclers
His first wife Jane made it clear how difficult it is to be his carer sometimes, something the film doesn't make clear. "Sometimes life was just so dreadful, so physically and mentally exhausting, that I wanted to throw myself in the river – although of course I stopped myself because of the children,"
His work on the universe and black holes has changed the way scientists think about the universe.
He never won the Nobel prize as his achievements are theoretical, not yet proven.
Humour - was not above appearing on “The Simpsons,”“Star Trek: The Next Generation” or “The Big Bang Theory.” to also reach out to the non-scientific world.
Stephen Hawking Quotes:
“I want to show that people need not be limited by physical handicaps as long as they are not disabled in spirit.”
"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."
“if we do discover a complete theory” of the universe, “it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists.”
“People have the mistaken impression that mathematics is just equations,” Dr. Hawking said. “In fact, equations are just the boring part of mathematics.”
“When you are faced with the possibility of an early death,” he recalled, “it makes you realize that life is worth living and that there are a lot of things you want to do.”
"Unfortunately, Eddie [Redmayne] did not inherit my good looks." -- of the Oscar-winning actor who portrayed him in "The Theory of Everything."
"People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining."
“I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.”
“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."