Stephan Hawking is a Genius and a Remarkable Man

May 17th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
Life is difficult for everyone no matter who you are. It is even hard  for someone who is wealthy and healthy because we all know that what we have now is not going to last forever and we’re all going to get sick and die someday. How difficult must it be for Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who suffers from one the most awful and incurable disease known to man – ALS. Yet ALS does not stop Mr. Hawking from lecturing and publishing brilliant book after brilliant book. Sure Mr. Hawking is luckily wealthy (he’s a genius and therefore is a celebrity and sells a lot of books.)so is able to work.
What sadly turns many people off is that he is an outspoken atheist. I love the quote he makes “Religion is for people who don’t want to do the math.” I, personally am not a scientist but I read a lot of science, which is basically the theory less, well – the math hahahaahh. However, I do get it. It takes a lot of talent for a scientist to explain very complex and nuanced issues in layman’s language. Hawking seems to be a little more difficult to read than say Natalie Angier, Daniel Dennett and E.O. Wilson (but make no mistake this is tough reading and you do feel like you’re back in college) but after the third time reading A Brief Hisrory of Time I believe I’ve got to the crux of this masterpiece. I do however still get lost on black holes; maybe because it’s such a mind-boggling concept that my brain can’t handle it. A black hole is or was a star that exploded into a supernova (gravitational collapse) and whose gravitational field is so intense that NOTHING can escape – not even LIGHT! This is spooky stuff my friends and Stephen Hawking is the guru on black holes.
What I applaud about Hawking is here is this man who is almost completely paralyzed yet spends every waking moment working and trying to find the answers to well – everything. He has contributed a plethora of knowledge in the world of Physics and cosmology i.e. he proved that black holes emit radiation. Today this is known as Hawking radiation. Let’s face it, Stephen Hawking is smarter than everyone else and he was cursed with the horrible disease of ALS. Who knows what else he would have come up with if time weren’t wasted on things like bathing, eating, and going to the bathroom (things we take for granted must be painstakingly difficult for him.)
Stephen Hawking believes that our time (human species) on earth is limited; either we are going to be wiped out by nuclear war, an enormous natural disaster, or some lethal virus. Our time on earth is limited and part of Hawking’s legacy is to have been a major factor in furthering space exploration.
I am going to end this blog with some personal quotes that the great Stephen Hawking has recently made to Diane Sawyer:
“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I am not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”
“There is no heaven or afterlife …that’s a fairytale for people afraid of the dark.” (many people don’t like this statement)
“Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing.”
Stephen Hawking is a great man with a giant-sized brain and lets just hope that he lives to 100 and finally discovers all the answers to all the great questions we humans have been asking ourselves from time immemorial.
Now it is your turn WHADAWETHINK ? Do you agree with Stephan Hawking that this is it – there is no God ? Do you think, despite his secularism, he is a great man ? There is so much to talk about – please contribute and have fun with this.
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