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Stephen Hawking, man whose brain transcended disability

15 Marcha 2018, 05:41 | Martinez Canez

GETTY INTELLIGENT Stephen Hawking was one the greatest minds of his generation

Stephen Hawking

After the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2013, nearly five decades after British physicist Peter Higgs developed the theory in the 1960s, Prof Hawking admitted he was disappointed the so-called "God particle" had been found.

In 1975, he bet physicist Kip Thorne a Penthouse subscription that an astronomical object known as Cygnus X-1 was not a black hole.

At the age of 21, when the Cambridge student was diagnosed with a rather debilitating form of a motor-neuron disease, he wasn't expected to see his 23rd birthday.

As the years passed and Hawking continued to beat the odds, both he and his doctors were always stumped about how he survived so long. "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years", they shared.

The disease eventually put him in a wheelchair and took away his ability to speak.

Stephen Hawking's life was devoted to wondering and to wonder.

For the party itself, Stephen Hawking hung up a large white banner which read "Welcome Time Travelers", and had numerous white, blue and purple balloons adorning the room.

These books all focus on a young boy named George, who learns about the universe by traveling around it.

"I feel that people have the right to die if they want it is one of the few rights a severely ill person has left", Hawking told CHEK News at the time.

"At the time, I thought my life was over and that I would never realize the potential I felt I had".

"Convocation Hall was packed and there was suitable drama", recalls John Polanyi, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist and U of T University Professor who introduced Hawking at the event.

He said Hawking showed to the world that radiation can escape from black holes which are believed to absorb everything, and this was his "biggest discovery".

What he produced was a masterwork of popular science, one that guided a generation of enthusiasts through the esoteric world of anti-particles, quarks, and quantum theory.

"My goal is simple", Hawking once said. "It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all".

His 1988 book, A Brief History of Time, set a Guinness World Record by staying on the Sunday Times best-seller list for four and a half years. Hawking disagreed, maintaining that black holes could not radiate anything and therefore had no temperature.

"Hawking had to aggressively face his own mortality every single day, it would have been understandable for him to abandon evidential reasoning and fall into the old adage that there are 'no atheists in a foxhole, '" Lianna Brinded, an atheist, wrote in the online magazine Quartz.

Meanwhile, he was also cruising through the universe where no spaceship has dared to go.

"Stephen Hawking was a vocal atheist, who advocated against and openly mocked God", Cain said. In reading it, I could leave behind probing questions about girls I liked, peer pressure to make a clown out of myself (which I excelled at), and chaotic and sometimes cruel social circles. "Occasionally, I find an answer". "But it bothers me".

"Hawking was one of the leading scientists of our time, and also a great human being. And then he became a big supporter of it". The first being that the world has lost one of the smartest and most notable intellectuals we have and will ever have. It is time to explore other solar systems.



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