Whew, that was close. Hawking warned his followers the earth is heating to 860 degrees Fahrenheit because of something that’s never happened before. In college he joined the University College Boat Club, where he coxed a rowing crew. The rowing coach at the time noted that Hawking cultivated a daredevil image, steering his crew on risky courses that led to damaged boats. He drove his wheelchair the same way and had many close calls and crashes.
He lived in Cambridge, England and many thought he might leave the United Kingdom as a protest against public funding cuts to basic scientific research. That’s the essence of a Socialist mindset, not a freedom loving physicist.
Hawking was a man of fantastic ideas but with little practical value. His ideas about global warming are an example. He wanted all humans to leave the earth within 200 years and go to another planet. Practical? Of course not.
Nevertheless, Hawking was a renowned physicist. He outlived all of the medical predictions; had a few wives,, three children and some pretty unusual romances. He had a very successful life by all accounts. In sum, he was a really great man.
Time reported: It’s undeniable Hawking made key contributions to both relativity and quantum physics. He came up with the insight that the Big Bang emerged from a singularity, a point so small and dense that the very laws of physics can’t describe it. He couldn’t either.
He figured out what happened when black holes merge. He also came up with the startling and counter-intuitive notion that black holes can evaporate, slowly at first, then faster and faster until they explode—an idea that was at first ridiculed, but which is now mainstream. “This result,” says Bernard Carr, one of Hawking’s former PhD students, “unified relativity and quantum theory and thermodynamics.”
That would be positively mind-blowing—if true. But it’s really not: the so-called “Hawking radiation” that should emerge from black holes draws on those disparate areas of physics, but “unify” means something else entirely. Unifying relativity and quantum physics is something Einstein tried to do for the last two decades of his life, and failed. The best bet for unification these days is string theory—assuming it turns out to be correct, which we may never know.
You can’t blame Hawking for that over-the-top quote, but Hawking himself talks about the honor he felt being inducted into the Royal Society. “My name,” he says “sat alongside Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Well, yeah, and also along a lengthy list of other scientists you’ve never heard of.”
He had no belief in God which he explained was invented by man.
He took a pragmatic view of what happens to the brain and body after death.
“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail,” he told the Guardian. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
Hawking spoke more plainly about his thoughts on God in an interview saying: “Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation,” he said. “What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.”
he fundamentally believed that the universe and life have meaning, according to the New York Times.
He said: “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist,” Hawking said of the meaning of life. “Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
He supported Al Gore which proved Hawking got some very important things wrong but he got so much right and it made a difference because we need people who get things right. For all that he got right, nice going. We are all a bit better off because Stephen was here and a bit worse because he’s gone. .