Today is a dark day for science, the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking has died at his home at age 76. The acclaimed physicist left us having his last moments spent in his Cambridge home, he was the man beyond the physical world, and despite suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), popularized by the Ice Bucket challenge, and of having been told that he would die quite young, Hawking challenged all our knowledge of the human body, of our planet, and even of the universe.
Stephen Hawking was probably one of the men who contributed most to the advancement of science, with very significant contributions in the field of physics, due to his innumerous discoveries, having dedicated his life to science, and always defying what doctors said, that he would die quite young. The British physicist believed and always thought beyond what our eyes allowed us to see, and despite being brilliant, and having sold more than 25 million copies of his books, Hawking never won any Nobel Prize.
Not only does the world of science get poorer because of its loss, but so does the world in general, for apart from its contributions to science, Hawking was an outstanding human being, a true example of strength and resilience, and despite all lived a full life, in which despite the adversities that life presented to him, he traveled the world, married twice and had three children, and it will take years before we can prove part of his giant scientific contribution in the field of cosmology.
Not long ago, with growing concern about the false news that constantly spread and pollute the minds of users in the digital world, Hawking stressed that the exponential growth of this type of information was a global uprising and a danger to the wise, diminishing the existence experts, and opening the way, so that fewer people would choose knowledge, and advised us to pay more attention to the people who devote their time to studying the problems and to finding solutions to them.
If Stephen Hawking taught us anything, it was that whatever life puts us in the way, no obstacle is insurmountable if our mind is strong, if our will to win and to learn is insatiable, and we must always continue to fight for what we believe, and also seek to create a better future, based on knowledge and the will to know, worrying about the real problems in the universe, rather than on the problems of others. The physicist, who was born on the day that we celebrated 300 years after the death of Galileo Galilei, decided to leave us on the day of birth of Albert Einstein.
Rest in Peace Stephen Hawking, January 8, 1942 – March 14, 2018.