Legacy of Everything

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“It matters if you just don’t give up.”

-Stephen Hawking

We should stand firm amidst life's challenges. We have personal dreams and goals in life but before we achieve that, plenty of obstacles will come on your way to erode your hope and faith. Never allow erosional forces to challenge your faith. Continue your journey because even though you failed, it matters because you tried. It matters because you don't give up. It matters because it teaches you a lesson to be better next time. Just keep grinding, time comes that that it will be your turn. Just like the sun and the moon, they have the perfect time to shine.

Nowadays, when people talk about black holes and other phenomena the name Stephen Hawking seems to be indispensable during the conversation.

Who is Hawking?

Considered one of the most brilliant scientific minds of our time, Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8,1942 in Oxford, England, which was on the 300th anniversary of the death of the famous Galileo Galilei. Hawking is a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in the University of Cambridge, the same post held by Sir Isaac Newton.

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He is the author of the book A Brief History of Time, which was very popular because it was on the British bestseller list for 237 weeks. It was Hawking's way to explain the complexity of universe, space, time, black holes, and ideas of physics. From it's title and I read some of this, I find it was too brief. In his works, Hawking demonstrated that matter, in the form of radiation, can escaped the gravitational force of a collapsed star, giving birth to the so-called Hawking radiation(undoubtedly, it's his greatest contribution in the field of Physics) . Hawking is also a celebrity as he has made guest appearances on TV shows like Star Trek and The Simpsons.

Contents of the book "A Brief History of Time"

One of the famous quotes by Hawking states, “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". This is the only one that somewhat I don't admired him - being an atheist (a person who doesn't believe in the existence of God). I believed in the Creator that made the universe. It's weird that I admired him and I loved Science but I doesn't believe about the concepts of Science about how the universe created and the theory of evolution (how human evolved in order to survive) .You can't blame me LOL.

He didn't believe he'd go to heaven, a place for people afraid of the dark. For him heaven is a bedtime story or a fairy story that a mother repeteadly told to her child with innocent thinking every bedtime. Hawking is indeed special because he completed all his groundbreaking researches in physics and cosmology while suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease (a progressive, degenerative disease that destroys the nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement). Hawking sits in a wheelchair, voiceless but communicates through voice synthesizers. With virtually all control of his body gone, Hawking directs the computer program through a cheek muscle attached to a sensor, which are then voiced by the synthesizer using advanced computer equipment attached to his wheelchair. All his speeches and article are created this way.

Despite all these, the physicist did not let the physical disabilities stop him from knowing the unknown but rather used them as building blocks toward success. Before his illness, Hawking said his life was boring and he had no focus in his studies then. It was only after he was diagnosed with ALS that he realized the importance and the urgency of focusing into what really interests him-cosmology-and so Hawking pored over remarkable research works that allowed us to clearly understand the grand universe.

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Stephen Hawking- the world reknowned physicist and cosmologist had died at the age of 76 (after living and battling on his illness for 50 years) on March 14,2018.He is an extraordinary person with extraordinary mind. His works and researches are great contributions in the field of Science. His legacy will stay forever. I believe he's in everything. I will never be like him because I claimed that I cannot reach even a small fraction of him. I will always and forever be his fan.

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