Stephen Hawking Has Passed At 76

Stephen Hawking Has Passed At 76

"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"

"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"

Text: Gillian Rivera

A pioneer of scientific exploration, a professor at Cambridge University, and a well-loved genius has died. Stephen Hawking passed yesterday, leaving behind an imprint on the scientific community that can only be compared to those of Issac Newton and Albert Einstein. Coincidentally, Hawking shared a birthday with Newton and passed on Einstein's.

When Hawking was a college student at Cambridge in 1963, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gerig's disease. He surpassed his two-year life expectancy by over 55 years.

Stephen Hawking revolutionized our understanding of Space. His research explored topics like time travel, gravity, and the creation of the universe, which was the subject of his best selling book, A Brief History of Time. One of his most substantial scientific contributions formed a comprehensive understanding of black holes. Poised with the question, "When are black holes not black?", Hawking found an answer: when they explode. This finding is a first of its kind, labeled as the first breakthrough in the quest to find a single theory of nature, connecting gravity and quantum mechanics to explain the universe. Hawking discovered that black holes do lose mass over time, meaning that they aren't permanent, as stated in previous theories.

Hawking sought after the toughest questions the universe had to offer. His findings broke barriers, formed new thoughts and asked new questions. In his final years, Hawking implored us to think about the longevity of the human race, expressing concern about climate change and the effects of artificial technology on society.

His sense of humor was renowned. He's quoted saying, "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny." Hawking's own life was adapted into the 2014 film Theory of Everything.  He made appearances on shows like The Simpsons and John Oliver's Last Week Tonight.

Science will be forever changed by Stephen Hawking's contributions.

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