“It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.” – Stephen Hawking
One of the greatest scientists of our century, Stephen Hawking died yesterday on Pi Day – 3.14; Albert Einstein’s’ birthday. That’s perfect timing to say the least.
Hawking’s TED talk questioning the universe has been viewed over 9 million times and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s powerful and funny. He had a knack for simplifying the complexites of the scientific world, making them accessible to all of us. His life’s work leaves a beautiful legacy laced with a deep love for knowledge, and an ongoing, thoughtful, playful curiosity about both inner and outer space.
Hawking’s latest project with Yuri Milner was announced in 2016. The two men were working to use a massive laser to propel a tiny spaceship to Alpha Centauri. This project was (and still is) fueled by Hawking’s insane curiosity for what lies beyond because, in his own words, “we are human and our nature is to fly.”
My father was a big fan of Stephen Hawking and would often talk about how if we could just create an interstellar drive, we could travel beyond the space that we know, and discover new worlds. My father was obsessed with this dream and followed Hawking through all of his innovations:
The Origins of the Universe.
The Big Bang Theory.
Gravitational and Spacetime Singularities.
Black Hole Radiation.
A Universe Without Spacetime Boundaries.
The High Likelihood of the Existence of Extraterrestrial Life.
To honor this creative genius who’s done the most to further our understanding of space, time , and energy since Einstein, watch or read something about him. Learn about his life, his space explorations and his theories about this amazing universe.
And, honor him by learning from his example. Don’t let anything get in the way of your dreams, and keep your curiosity burning bright.
Go out, look at the night sky, and watch for a falling star. Use a star app to point your phone at the sky and see which constellations you are viewing.
Use your own creative genius mind to come up with ways to sustain this beautiful planet, our food, and the resources we use. Apply for funding and turn your thoughts in action.
Take one creative genius idea that you have been longing to make happen, and use your own “inner space” to play around with it. See if you can grow it, and coax it out of your mind and into the world.
Make a commitment to leave your own legacy by exploring your passion and innovating within and beyond it.
All hail Hawking who never let his ALS get him down.
“I believe what makes us unique is transcending our limits…Gravity pins us to the ground, but I just flew to America.” – Stephen Hawking, 1942- 2018