STEPHEN Hawking was revered the world over for his wit, wisdom and incredibly sharp intellect.
The renowned physicist died earlier this month aged 76. Here are some of his most memorable quotes, and a look at his most impressive work.
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 movie 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
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 non-specialist 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.