Hawking, Science, And A Life Of Human Cosmology

Hawking, science, and a life of human cosmology

It’s been about a week since famed theoretical physicist, writer, and science communicator, Stephen Hawking passed away in his Cambridge home. Science enthusiasts everywhere are only beginning to grasp the sheer gravity of the situation. If you’ve been following the news cycle, it’s clear we’re still amiss in the vacuum left by one of history’s most brilliant minds, and for good reason—few individuals will ever change the story of human endeavor the way Hawking tangibly did in our lifetime, whether it’s in the halls of academia or the greater landscape of popular culture. Hawking was a man whose critical imagination could barely be contained by his body. Even as he struggled with a degenerative motor neuron disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, of ice bucket fame), Hawking managed to live and work to the age of 76—no mean feat considering the life expectancy for ALS is typically pegged at 5 years following diagnosis. The man was a fighter. Unlikely constellations Hawking’s life was lived with an unquenchable passion for knowledge that persisted in spite of his time’s scientific conventions and his eventual disability. Unbeknownst to many, he also held a deep-seated belief that science should be taken in tangible, human…

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