Veteran scientist Stephen Hawking dies at the age of 76 at his residence in Cambridge. His family released an official statement regarding his death in the early hours of Wednesday morning. With his insights, he shaped the modern cosmology and stood as a great example for many upcoming scientists.
Stephen’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement that, “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.
He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.
With his synthetic voice and wicked sense of humour, he won the hearts of his fellow scientists. When he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease at the age of 21, he did not give up on anything and instead he survived with a great courage which made him live longer than half a century.
In his autobiography, My Brief History, he described his life and how he pursued his PhD. He wrote how it affected him when a boy he knew died from Leukaemia in a hospital and how it ignited a fresh sense of purpose in him.
Stephen Hawking on About the Time before Big Bang:
He made some outstanding innovations and discoveries all throughout his life. He even answered to the most questionable question as to what happened before the Big Bang?
He said, “The boundary condition of the universe … is that it has no boundary.” In other words, there is no time before time began as time was always there.
He tells that amidst this, an almost infinitely small quantum foam of the singularity before the Big Bang, time existed in a ‘bent’ state.
It was distorted along another dimension — always getting fractionally closer to, but never becoming anything. So there never was a Big Bang that created something from nothing.
Hawking said in one of his lectures that, “All the evidence seems to indicate, that the universe has not existed forever, but that it had a beginning, about 15 billion years ago.”
“There must have been a beginning. Otherwise, the universe would be in a state of a complete disorder by now and everything would be at the same temperature. In an infinite and everlasting universe, every line of sight would end on the surface of a star. This would mean that the night sky would have been as bright as the surface of the Sun. The only way of avoiding this problem would be if, for some reason, the stars did not shine before a certain time.”