Brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking has died at age 76

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Stephen Hawking

“A complete, consistent unified theory is only the first step: our goal is a complete understanding of the events around us, and of our own existence.”

Stephen Hawking was one of the most brilliant physicists of our time. Even with a rare form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) he managed to apply himself and do great things. Hawking became somewhat of a celebrity which allowed him a larger platform for his research. I dare say that Stephen Hawking is the reason many kids took an interest in science. His book, A Brief History of Time, became a best seller and he’s appeared in everything from Pink Floyd albums to The Simpsons.

“A complete, consistent unified theory is only the first step: our goal is a complete understanding of the events around us, and of our own existence,” he wrote in A Brief History of Time.

“But one can’t help asking the question: Why does the universe exist?” he said in 1991. “I don’t know an operational way to give the question or the answer, if there is one, a meaning. But it bothers me.”

“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” his children Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”

The scientific and world community will mourn the loss of Stephen Hawking but he left a lot of brilliance behind. His memory will live on and hopefully, his research will help future scientists find their way.

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  Source: AP
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