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Stephen Hawking
(8. 1. 1942  . . ) Profession: Scientist
Stephen William Hawking (/ˈstiːvən ˈhɔːkɪŋ/; born 8 January 1942) is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. Among his significant scientific works have been a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vocal supporter of the manyworlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Stephen Hawking said

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.

I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.

Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.

The universe is governed by science. But science tells us that we can't solve the equations, directly in the abstract.

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

Quiet people have the loudest minds.

Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
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