Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Stephen Hawking

Image result for hawkingIt's hard to write about Stephen Hawking without the focus being on the horrendous condition he had to deal with and how he rose to such magnificent heights despite it.
Quite rightly he is being lauded all over the media today for his scientific achievements but there is a great article in the Guardian Newspaper where the focus is on his brilliant sense of humour, the Time Travellers Party where he sent out the invites after the event, the appearances on The Simpson's and Big Bang Theory and the Red Nose Day sketches where actors auditioned to become his voice box and his reworking of the Monty Python Galaxy song.
'It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can lose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general' he said but there are two quotes which should be chiseled into stone and put where everyone can see them.
'We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star' and 'Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet'.
A life very well lived, well done Sir and not just for selling 10 million copies of a book about
general relativity and quantum mechanics.

8 comments:

Keep Life Simple said...

not angry, seems to me he hated God. With the physical condition he had to endure I understand...

Falling on a bruise said...

He was famously an atheist, called the idea of afterlife a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.

Keep Life Simple said...

yes, I knew that without you telling me. i've heard it hundreds of times.

i don't fear the dark. I rarely care what the majority think. that is your argument all the time - that the majority know best. but, if he was wrong about something so many believe in, then perhaps he was not so smart.

Falling on a bruise said...

The majority believed the sun went around the earth at one point, doesn't mean they were right, they had just been misinformed until proven otherwise but even then some probably refused to believe it. Religious folk are today's equivalent of those non believers and no sense or evidence or ridicule will make them think otherwise.

Keep Life Simple said...

NO NO NO mam. There is zero proof how the universe was created. Only the most arrogant physicist and ignorant leftists claim to know.

and don't even mention the "big bang", that proves nothing except our inability to come up with clever names for the unknown...

Falling on a bruise said...

Zero evidence? How much did it hurt when you banged your head?

Keep Life Simple said...

A definition:
"Theories are analytical tools for understanding, explaining, and making predictions about a given subject matter."

Note: the definition of theory doesn't say PROOF


Another definition:
In science, the term "theory" refers to "a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.

Note: "well-substantiated explanation" is not PROOF

Another:
"Acceptance of a theory does not require that all of its major predictions be tested, if it is already supported by sufficiently strong evidence. For example, certain tests may be unfeasible or technically difficult. AS A RESULT, THEORIES MAY MAKE PREDICTIONS THAT HAVE NOT YET BEEN CONFIRMED OR PROVEN INCORRECT."

Note: not all predictions tested
Note: NOT YET CONFIRMED

But good try Lucy

Falling on a bruise said...

You will love the 21st century, we know about red shift and background radiation so let me know when you get here and I will recommend a good book to explain the evidence of a Big Bang to you. We also have really big telescopes in space and everything!