Stephen Hawking: modern cosmology's brightest star dies aged 76

Stephen Hawking: modern cosmology's brightest star dies aged 76
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"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark" - Stephen Hawking.

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  1. It's the end of an era. Somehow, it felt safer, knowing that someone of his brilliance was around us. Be free of your infirmity, Mr. Hawking.

  2. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."

    Stephen Hawking

  3. In terms of surviving with his disease he was what? 300?
    Let's celebrate a great scientist and be thankful that he managed to live this long.
    Cheers, man!

  4. Well, he wasn’t expecting anything more, after death. He was an atheist. He was a genius. May his atoms return to forever, in peace.

  5. This is not a mourning day for UK. this is a loss of a brilliant star for the world and humanity in general. RIP Mr Hawking.

  6. There is a heaven and a hell and all of Hawkins genius could not make them disappear. He was creative and intelligent. Now he faces the God he spurned.

  7. What a tremendously remarkable human being. The greatest physicist since Einstein and Newton. I feel privileged to have been able to live in the time of Hawking. So very sad. He will truly be missed.

  8. Scientific genius he really was and will always be remembered rest in peace Professor Stephen Hawking thoughts go to your friends and family

  9. We keep hearing sad news every day..people who dont believe in science make it to the top..and brilliant scientists die almost forgotten. Rip

  10. Choosing to live decades with ALS on a vent is a very difficult burden to bear. He kept his sense of self, humor, intellect and curiosity. Its humbling and a honor to have lived through this era with him.

  11. Nooooo! What a tragedy! 😢 I was just listening to an old interview with him last night and thinking how sad it'd be the day he died. Who knew it'd be the very next day?! Goddamn! 😭

  12. His brilliant mind was a gift to humanity, his loss is immeasurable. Go back to the stars Mr. Hawking, thank you.

  13. Sad day for mankind... Not only for his pure genius as a scientist but as a caring man as a socialist. RIP great man... One of Britain's greatest!

  14. The human race is poorer today because we’ve lost this fine brain; a genius in the true sense of the word. Rest In Perfect Peace, Stephen Hawking. The world is smarter and better because you lived.

  15. RIP. Thankful for his sensational work in the field of science. Without a doubt he has changed the field of science with his brilliant demonstration of the possible start of our universe. His imagination exceeded the ordinary and through that he was able to show us what cosmology, physics and science really means

  16. "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet".
    A great human.😔

  17. I don't know why, but I feel so empty. It's like we're going into another era. His legacy WILL live on. RIP Mr Hawking.

  18. RIP. Human dies but legends not... He had achieved marvellous repute and fame in the world of science. He was an epitome in research and development of space science and technology. Space and black hole theory was his one of the best achievements. Hope he would have accepted and reverted to his creator and sustainer as he was atheist
    RIP Stephen Hawking

  19. I never understood a word he spoke or a word he wrote. In either his published works or in the explanations of his theories.
    It will take more than his life time for all that he knew to filter down to the masses in a form that the masses might value or can understand.

  20. I feel sad for his loss... However he lived over a half of century than the doctors had given to him when he was diagnosed with his disease!! Oh Stephen, now you are a real STAR in the UNIVERSE!!!!

  21. What a coincidence?! Just a little while ago I read about a boy in Reading whose IQ was higher that Hawking's.

  22. Despite his debilitating illness, his mind could soar through time and space. A sad loss for humanity.

  23. We lost a great mind but his works are eternal. R.I.P May his soul travel the stars he loves so much. The universe is expanding even more now.

  24. These comments point out clearly what a loss is the death of Stephen Hawking and how much we should be thankful that he was here to share his wisdom. May he rest in peace

  25. What an amazing human being. So sorry he is gone, we are truly indebted to him for the huge contribution he made in his life.

  26. I always remember a line shared in a Ted Talks by Prof. Stephen Hawking, "I have been very lucky my disability has not been a serious handicap, indeed, it has given me more time than other people to pursue the quest of knowledge.” The world will remember you <3 <3

  27. A giant has truly fallen. Professor Hawking was a genius only next to Einstein.
    I have watched so many of his documentaries and lectures and I will do a marathon of them again today in his memory.

    The good thing about science and knowledge is that it has no borders or limits. I have been watching Professor Hawking videos on YouTube from Kenya for years now. At sometime it was almost an addiction. Respect Sir.

  28. The first law of thermodynamics, also known as Law of Conservation of Energy, states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another. For example, turning on a light would seem to produce energy; however, it is electrical energy that is converted.

    We are energy, not just flesh and bones

  29. RIP piece Stephen Hawking. Your great intellect gave us so much to expand our knowledge about our amazing universe.

  30. RIP, Prof. Hawking. Thank you so much for all your contributions to the world. You will always be my hero.

  31. Holly Godfrey He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever.” I’m cry cry cry.

  32. Ah Mr Hawkings...You left a legacy of theory, a knowledge that leaves a brief legacy, that passes when the last of us that remembers it, and you, also die. But then, the Truth be made known forever, once in an eternity you never knew existed...To Life beyond the Brief...Fare thee well sir, truly, I, yes pray, that you will know the mystery , revealed, for you to finally know, as you have been known by the love, mercy and truth of the God you never believed...IS. RIP

  33. Got notified on my news app of this whilst watching Big Bang Theory... the cosmos does have a sense of humour!

  34. He is one of our greatest minds. Definitely humanity's great loss. But despite his physical challenge, he has consistently surprised us with discoveries that have profoundly changed our perception of the world and would continue to inspire the generations to come.

    Rest in peace, Professor Hawking, your soul is finally free from the imprisonment by your body.

  35. Suddenly, the world becomes a much dumber place. May God or something divine help us all, from the idiots that are taking over to destroy us all.

  36. Excellent narrative of his journey, citing credible interesting sources that beautifully illustrate the life of one of our best and brightest

  37. His work and studies will live on, and evolve and be used and taken to even more brilliant levels. I feel a deep sad and empty feeling knowing he is really gone, though. I know his family loved him and was proud of him. Be free and of the Universe you loved, Mr. Hawking!

  38. I have respect and admiration for Stephen Hawking. I just hope last night when he passed away, he was proven wrong re: his view of the afterlife.

  39. Most of us have posted after someone dies ‘rest in peace ‘ which is really speaking as an atheist to be quite frank a bit daft. Obviously it has the religious connotations which to say it with regard to professor hawking’s death probably a little inappropriate. Even when it is meant with respect and feeling. What an astounding life he had, what an intellectual giant, especially living with the physical constraints of motor neurone disease. Mathematics physics philosophy cosmology have all benefited from his input and insight but let us not forget his humanity, his championing of causes, his opposition to Brexit and battle royals against stupidity. Stardust once more

  40. RIP to one of the world’s greatest minds. As an Old Albanian myself, it makes me proud to think I was schooled in the same classrooms as a genius.

  41. Even Einstein believed in the separation of body and soul,am sure he has experienced that now,unfortunately there is no coming back to tell the story.

  42. Oh Wow -
    What a loss to our World and how we understand it -
    So Happy he was able to live past mid 70's - but still young - SORRY to all family and those closely impacted !! 😢😭

  43. A great loss, the world has lost a marvelous thinker, brilliant physicist, remarkable man and scientist. His resilience was an example.

    Regarding the afterlife he was wrong, but nobody is perfect... he was a scientist, not a theologian or a philosopher.

    I think he was a good man and deserves our prayers.
    Rest in Peace.

  44. One amazing man - a role model for humanity. May you Rest In Peace and be one with the universe. Thoughts are with his family, friends and Science colleagues.

  45. RIP thanks for everything you done!! Will miss you!! Thoughts to your family!! You were one of the greatest man that world ever had!!

  46. Stephen Hawking it ain’t looking good for you because you denied God before man and now here’s what he said about that. Matthew 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

  47. There is no heaven or hell, this is a construction created by man to subjugate the populace.. There is just a good life lived which Stephen Hawkins did. A man whose thoughts and courage will continue to be talked about through the next centuries.

  48. I prefer "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.”
    RIP Stephen Hawking

  49. This guy could make you fall in love with math. No matter how dumb you believe you are, his books have the amazing ability to turn the most abstract of concepts into things that seemed so obvious in hindsight.

  50. He never wondered who created him as he was: a genius and a great scientist. I'm sure he was afraid of death himself. Afraid of the dark and the end of life. He can finally meet his creator, the god he dreaded so much. RIP Stephen..

  51. Heaven and afterlife are lies, put out by Christendom to keep people slaves to the collection plate. These have been very successful lies. The Catholic church alone is rich enough to end world hunger.

  52. How sad. What a wonderful man, he contributed more to this world than I can ever hope to. RIP Stephen Hawking.

  53. “I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space,"

    "It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next 100 years, let alone next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet. Let's hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load."

    Stephen Hawkins (1942-2018)

  54. Stephen Hawking was a true champion of humanity. He achieved more than more of us will in a lifetime than most of could in ten. Although instantly recognisable because of his MND he was famous and a genuine genius despite this.

    You made science, logic and theoretical cosmology intesting and accessable to those of us with child like curiosity and elementary understanding. I believe as you did, we are finite and when we die that is it. I don't find this at all discomfiting, neither did you, but today I hope we are both wrong, a mind like yours is a great loss to humanity, and the whole universe.

  55. It is not a fairy story
    Ask your self who created u?
    The Nature !
    So why u are the only human in the world, who created animals?
    The nature too!
    Isn't it the same circumstances
    How come!
    ...... ....... ......
    Big bang ,mmm
    This theory which is real sure is the proof that Allah created u
    How something comes from nothing!

    This is in breif
    I hope and hope everyone searches by himself for the truth
    U can start search in Islam
    It will answer all your questions

  56. Stephen Hawking; I have read his book once, he held the post of Issac Newton, died today. His theory on time and expanding universe has greatly inspired me. However, I am not greatly impressed by his views on black holes, as a passage to other galaxy. I truly believe that his theories on universe are relevation upon his mind.

  57. Stephen Hawking lives on ...death only limits his physical presence but otherwise his impact is forever.

  58. "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change"

    Now that you've changed, go enjoy all the universe and reveal all its mysteries

    Roll In Peace Mr Genius

  59. A sad loss to humanity. Roger bought A Brief History of Time as he said Hawking made physics understandable- I didn’t understand it!

  60. One of the finest, if not the finest, scientific minds in our time. An inspiration in his ability to triumph over his personal adversity. We needed his rationality in an increasingly irrational world. RIP.

  61. A sad day for science and the quest for knowledge. At the antipodes of the Trump supporters’ view of the world (and no, I don’t think they would know what “antipodes” are...)

  62. Hell or heaven is what we do to others. That's all I can say. As for afterlife, I'm not sure our electrical impulses survive for long after the pump has been turned off. We'll see when we're there. Or not.

  63. My body dies but my brain will forever be acquired by people like me. Our minds are open universe like the modern technologies going far beyond of our expectations. Beginning to know how our planet was made and that we are not the only human being existing today.

  64. He thought lot of things about universe and was trying to prove that his thinking is absolutely right but in reality he couldn’t stop his death...! now he will see more reality than his imagination !

  65. “He survived for more than half a century and long enough for his disability to define him. His popularity would surely have been diminished without it.” The Guardians obituary for one of the greatest minds of all time, well done @iansample outstanding contribution.