Essay On Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking is arguably the most brilliant and cunning mind living among us. His research in mathematics, philosophy, physics, and cosmology has revolutionized the way we look at our world. In addition, he writes down all of his ideas in several books making his discoveries accessible for generations to come. Born in Oxford England, Hawking attended Oxford University, The California Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, and Gonville & Caius College. During his lectures, Hawking is seen in a complex wheelchair and talking through a computer. This is due to the unfortunate fact that he suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It is a terrible crippling disease that shuts down the nerves controlling the sufferer’s muscles. One’s lifespan after being diagnosed with this diseased tends to be cut quite short. Hawking was diagnosed with this disease when he was in his early twenties and was given about two years to live. He is now seventy two years old and doing fantastic. “Although I cannot move, and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind, I am free.” –Hawking. Hawking’s research and theories about the universe have been met with widespread appreciation as well as disagreement and anger. This is often due to Hawking’s dismissal of god and philosophy when it comes to the creation of the universe. During a conference on cosmology with Hawking, several scientists, and Pope John Paul, the Pope declared that it was okay to study the progression and development of the universe after it began, but the beginning itself was a creation of god. Hawking expresses his distaste with the pope comment. According to Hawking, looking for god is a futile exercise. “We are each free to believe what we want, and i... ... middle of paper ... ...plicating a type of gravity that does not have to travel through extra dimensions like the gravity we experience in our daily lives. What is so special about these experiments at CERN is that they will be some of the first physical evidence proving Hawking’s black hole theories. If these black holes are created, it would make the possibility of string theory and extra dimensions quite likely. This will help lead to further research into the string and super-symmetry theories and eventually an understanding of the entire universe. Perhaps Hawking’s most far-fetched proposal is his no-boundary condition (supported by scientific evidence). He believes that the universe randomly comes about like bubbles in flowing water. Time starts when this universe is created. Our universe, according to Hawking, has no creator and exists entirely on its own, perhaps forever.

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