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Tributes pour in for Stephen Hawking

Tributes pour in for Stephen Hawking

Like numerous great theorists, Stephen Hawking had the ability to use very simple thought experiments to make predictions about the behaviour of the universe. What can an association professional strive to emulate? The 26-year-old has been out of action with an ankle ligament injury and has been forced to wear a protective boot in his recovery.

Redmayne said at the time of the film that Hawking wanted to live life to the full - and that he always had a glint in his eye.

Stephen was revered in the science world for his discoveries around black holes and general relativity, but he was probably most famed for his resilience, diagnosed with a degenerative motor neurone disease while studying at university and given just two and a half years to live.

His slowly deteriorating health didn't affect his work-he was known for saying that "theoretical physics is one of the few fields in which being disabled is no handicap"-and Hawking went on to develop breakthrough theories on quantum mechanics and black holes that he first published in the scientific journal Nature in 1974". And though he was confined to a wheelchair and was paralyzed, Hawking continued his work. However, if you meet your antiself, don't shake hands! This emission of radiation is now known as Hawking radiation and it revolutionized physicists' understanding of black holes. He also received honorary Phd from Oxford and other universities.

There were some practical reasons for Hawking going in this direction.

Consolmagno, who like Pope Francis is a Jesuit, told SIR, the news agency of the Italian Bishops Conference, that Hawking had studied at Cambridge with a priest who had worked at the Vatican observatory, and that the two scientists had remained good friends for life.

Ultimately, the gambit worked.

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"As his children have said, his courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world", she said. Georges Lemaitre, a past president of the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences, as the true father of the "Big Bang" theory of the universe-a theory sometimes credited to another physicist.

I think Stephen Hawking's biggest achievement was getting people talking and interested in some very complex and challenging ideas about the universe and our place in it.

"The most important thing about Hawking radiation is that it shows that the black hole is not cut off from the rest of the universe", Hawking said. "Don't be disabled in spirit, as well as physically".

In a world where the norms of human behavior and our definitions for the best and brightest are steadily degrading, as evidenced by the quality of world leaders as well as role models of the youth, losing someone whose life was truly an inspiration can be devastating.

It was Hawking's famed sense of humour that helped make him accessible to the average person.

"It's fantastic that he was able to do physics at such a high level when for example, most of us write on blackboards and do calculations on pieces of paper".

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