STEPHEN Hawking was revered the world over for his wit, wisdom and incredibly sharp intellect.
The often provocative yet incredibly humorous physicist died today aged 76. Here are some of his most memorable quotes, and a look at his most impressive works.
SWNS:South West News Service Stephen Hawking passed away peacefully at his home in Cambridge
Stephen Hawking’s most famous quotes:
On the pursuit of knowledge
“Ever since the dawn of civilisation, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.” – A Brief History of Time, 1988
“People who boast about their IQ are losers” – when asked if he believed he was the most intelligent person in the world. – Good Morning Britain, March 2017
“We shouldn’t be surprised that conditions in the universe are suitable for life, but this is not evidence that the universe was designed to allow for life. We could call order by the name of God, but it would be an impersonal God. There’s not much personal about the laws of physics.”- Reason Magazine, 2002
“What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn’t prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary.” – Der Spiegel, 1988
“God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.” – CNN, 2010
On his appearance:
“Unfortunately, Eddie [Redmayne] did not inherit my good looks” – CNN, 2015, speaking of the Oscar-winning actor who portrayed him in “The Theory of Everything.”
“The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognised. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. The wheelchair gives me away.” – Israeli TV, December 2006
“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.” – The Guardian, May 2011
Good Morning Britain presenters Piers Morgan and Charlotte Hawkins share memories of Professor Stephen Hawking
What are Hawking’s most famous works?
Stephen Hawking’s most famous book is “A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes”.
The popular science book focuses on cosmology – which is the study of the universe – and was first published in 1988.
The book was written for nonspecialist readers with no prior knowledge of scientific theories.
More than 10 million copies were sold within the first 20 years of publication, making it an outstanding bestseller.
The book has also been translated into 35 different languages.
His other popular books include:
George and the Unbreakable Code and other stories: Written by Hawking and his daughter, Lucy, this was a series of illustrated children’s books to explain “secret keys to the universe” to younger readers. The books deal with complex topics including the Big Bang. My Brief History: A very personal memoir published in 2013 in which Hawking deals among other things with his childhood, his evolution as a thinker and scientist, the impact of his ALS diagnosis and the ways in which the prospect of an early death affected his work. The Grand Design: Hawking said this 2010 book co-written with American physicist Leonard Mlodinow was intended to address important unanswered questions such as why there is a universe and whether the universe needed a creator and designer. On the Shoulders of Giants: This 2003 publication sees Hawking writing about the great astronomers and physicists who preceded them, presenting in a single volume a vast history of the field that makes heavy use of original papers by Einstein, Copernicus, Newton, and many others.
Horror as ‘most’ of the 150 whales stranded on Australian beach die with just 15 saved by frantic rescuers
DOZENS of whales have died after more than 150 of the majestic beasts were stranded on a beach in Australia. The carcasses of dozens of long-finned pilot whales were found washed up on Hamelin Bay,…
DOZENS of whales have died after more than 150 of the majestic beasts were stranded on a beach in Australia.
The carcasses of dozens of long-finned pilot whales were found washed up on Hamelin Bay, Western Australia, early this morning.
AFP A fisherman found dozens of dead and dying whales beached on Hamelin Bay this morning
Only 15 of the 150 beached animals are believed to have survived, as conservationists made a desperate attempt to rescue those still alive.
A local filmed the tragic animals flapping helplessly on shore, writing on Instagram: "Not what we were expecting to see on our early morning salmon chase… pushed one out and it turned straight around and beached itself again."
The horrifying stranding has prompted a shark alert after authorities warned the dead and dying animals could attract the killers to the shore.
An unconfirmed sighting of a 3m shark 100m off Hamelin Bay was made within a few hours.
Reuters Only 15 whales are believed to have survived the mass stranding in Western Australia Reuters The helpless creatures could attract sharks, authorities warned
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development issued a shark alert after a commercial fisherman came across the poor creatures at around 6am local time.
They warned: “It is possible the dead and dying animals will act as an attractant, which could lead to sharks coming close into shore along this stretch of coast.
“While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the WA coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution until the stranding incident is resolved.”
Parks and Wildlife Service staff are on-site and vets will assess the health of the surviving animals so authorities can return them to deeper water.
Reuters The long-finned pilot whales were first spotted by a commercial fisherman at 6am this morning A local filmed the tragic animals washed up helplessly on the shore
Incident controller Jeremy Chick said the strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather conditions will affect when and where they tried to move the survivors out to sea.
He added: “The main objectives are to ensure the safety of staff and volunteers, as well as (ensuring) the whales’ greatest chance of survival.”
The incident comes nine years after more than 80 long-finned pilot whales beached themselves in the same area.
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What is an ambassador, who is the EU ambassador to Russia and what has Alexander Yakovenko said about the spy poisoning?
THE RUSSIAN ambassador to the UK turned the tables and accused Britain of being the source of the nerve agent used to poison an ex-spy in Salisbury. The astonishing claims has shone the spotlight o…
THE RUSSIAN ambassador to the UK turned the tables and accused Britain of being the source of the nerve agent used to poison an ex-spy in Salisbury.
The astonishing claims has shone the spotlight on the role of the chief diplomat and the job he is tasked with.
PA:Press Association Russian ambassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko speaking at a news conference at his country's embassy in London in the aftermath of the Salisbury nerve agent attack
What is an ambassador?
Ambassadors represent their nation while working and living in the country to which they’ve been appointed.
They are the highest ranking diplomat in the countries to which they are sent.
One major requirement is to attend international meetings, banquets and parties – they act as a figurehead for their country of origin.
Another skill is being able to represent your government’s policy or viewpoint.
What has Alexander Yakovenko said about the spy poisoning?
Britain accuses Russia of attempted murder but Russia denies involvement in the attempted assassination of double agent Sergei Skripal and says Britain has no evidence.
But the Russian Ambassador in the UK Alexander Yakovenko denies involvement and says his government has no received no evidence to suggest they were.
And he said it was "highly likely" that UK scientists had a supply of the military grade poison novichok.
Mr Yakovenko said experts from the chemical weapons watchdog "need to check how that was possible that the British authorities managed to designate the nerve agent used as so-called novichok and its origin so quickly".
He added: "Could it mean that it is highly likely that the British authorities already had this nerve agent in their chemical laboratory in Porton Down, which is the largest secret military facility in the UK that has been dealing with chemical weapons?
"Is it a coincidence that this chemical weapons facility is only eight miles away from the site of the incident? How did doctors decide what antidotes to administer to the victims?"
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Terrified kids left screaming when Funderworld funfair ride’s power cuts out in mid-air
THIS is the moment children were left screaming in terror when a funfair ride lost power in mid-air. Astonishing mobile phone footage shows the lights suddenly go out on the No Limit giant swing. P…
THIS is the moment children were left screaming in terror when a funfair ride lost power in mid-air.
Astonishing mobile phone footage shows the lights suddenly go out on the No Limit giant swing.
BRISTOL POST The No Limit swing ride appeared at first to be working as normal
Panicked screams then ring out around the Funderworld pop-up amusement park in Clifton, Bristol.
Kate Duncalf, from Liverpool, looked on in horror as her daughter was one of just two people on the attraction at the time.
She told how they were left swinging in darkness following what is believed to be a generator failure at about 7pm last night.
The mum said that despite power returning within a minute – it took as long as 20 minutes to bring the ride under control, because of the momentum.
BRISTOL POST The ride was swinging through the air moments before the power cut out BRISTOL POST Screams rang out when the park was plunged into darkness from what is believed to have been a generator failure
She told The Bristol Post: “My daughter had a panic attack while it was still swinging. I’m going to take her to the doctor to make sure she’s ok. She’s in bed shaking from utter shock.
“As far as we were concerned those kids were going to fall off and die in front of our eyes.”
The attraction is essentially a giant swing with those who ride it sent swinging 360 degrees through the air.
On Funderworld’s website it is described as: “Seating 16 Passengers, and reaching a height of 24 metres, passengers can experience up to 4.5gs.
“Looping in random projectories [sic] all the time, experience both negative and positive forces.”
Funderworld have been approached for comment.
BRISTOL POST One mum told how her daughter was trapped on the ride for 20 minutes as it was brought under control YouTube The attraction sends those who ride it hurtling around 360 degrees at up to 4.5gs
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