The greatest living mind in the
world universe of science has died.
Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died today at the incredible age of 76 in Cambridge, England. And his long life was incredible because he was not given much time to live following an unlikely diagnosis in his early 20s with a rare form of motor neurone disease. This restricted Mr. Hawking to a wheelchair and a devastating, paralyzing state. Despite these immense challenges, Professor Hawking was a towering figure in the scientific community, as well as in the world of pop-culture. Perhaps it was the latter that enlightened young minds who wouldn’t have come across the literary classic (for advanced minds) A Brief History of Time on their own volition to study and appreciate the profound work and insights of the man, who some have said, was the smartest person since Albert Einstein.
As someone who appreciates the visionary insights and contributions of Professor Hawking, what impresses me in equal measure was how he lived all these years with a tragic disease. The kind of pain he experienced is unimaginable. And yet, he lived with an inspiring spirit and an infinitely curious mind.
He also had a wonderful sense of humor.
Truly the greatest guest star in the history of The Big Bang Theory.
RIP Stephen Hawking.
“If humanity is to continue another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before,” Hawking said, BBC reported.
Stephen Hawking continued his remarks.
“To leave Earth demands a concerted global approach, everyone should join in,” he said. “We need to rekindle the excitement of the early days of space travel in the sixties.”
He added one more thing.
“It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth.”
You have our attention, Mr. Hawking.
The famed scientist made this bold delcaration at a recent arts and science festival known as Starmus. This event took place in Norway. Whether or not people or nations rush to join this intergalactic effort (aside from Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, what countries can afford this challenge right now?), the premise of rededicating ourselves to exploring the unknown of outer space is an exciting point to make in remembering America’s historically inspiring recent past. There are countless policies, specifically concerning the economy, entitlement reform and foreign policy/defense, that need to be crafted and enacted. Absolutely. Having said that, exploring space should jump back to being a national priority.
Instantly after reading Mr. Hawking’s eye-opening remarks, a specific film came to mind.
Christopher Nolan’s movies are always an experience and about something more than just the initial story and characters. And it seems that one of the leaders of the scientific community had more to say (knowingly or unknowingly) about the seemingly prescient cinematic event of 2014.
That cinematic event being Interstellar.
The Lesson: Watch more movies.