I have been hearing name of the most renowned scientist since I was in grade 6. Stephen Hawking, the name that is recognized all around the world without any introduction. He was the most-terrific (I must say) and yet was one of the most brilliant scientists after Albert Einstein.
He was well-known because of his groundbreaking work in both fields physics and cosmology respectively. Stephen was also known for his mischievous sense of humor. He educated millions of readers about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes and inspired millions more by defying a terrifying early prognosis of ALS, which originally gave him only two years to live.
In later life, he could communicate only by using a few facial muscles, but he continued to advance his field and serve as a revered voice on social and humanitarian issues.
Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe’s greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet—including climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence—he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.
Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued the final book from one of the greatest minds in history.
Featuring a foreword by Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking, an introduction by Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne, and an afterword from Hawking’s daughter, Lucy, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a brilliant last message to the world.
I have read this book and to my surprise, Stephen Hawking had no belief in God. I was amazed and a little shocked as I am a believer in Allah (the one and only God). There, I understand he did not mean to hurt anyone’s belief in God and yet he was not a believer himself. He had actually said in this book “There is no God”.
I was feeling offensive, but it has inspired me in other aspects of understanding the universe. I let it go cause my main priority was to read the book and understand the laws of nature. I would like to recommend this book to you (my readers) as well. This book is a MUST READ!
Quotes from the Book
“When we see the Earth from space, we see ourselves as a whole. We see the unity, and not the divisions. It is such a simple image with a compelling message; one planet, one human race.”
“Be brave, be curious, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done”
“So 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. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.”
“While there’s life, there is hope.”
“No matter how powerful a computer you have, if you put lousy data in you will get lousy predictions out.”
“I have spent my life travelling across the universe, inside my mind.”
“I am very aware of the preciousness of time. Seize the moment. Act now.”