Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. Hawking was the first to set forth a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Time Travel Used To Be Thought Of As Just Science Fiction, But Einstein's General Theory Of Relativity Allows For The Possibility That We Could Warp Space-time So Much That You Could Go Off In A Rocket And Return Before You Set Out.
I Grew Up Thinking That A Research Scientist Was A Natural Thing To Be.
However Difficult Life May Seem, There Is Always Something You Can Do And Succeed At.
Most People Don't Have Time To Master The Very Mathematical Details Of Theoretical Physics.
If We Want To Travel Into The Future, We Just Need To Go Fast. Really Fast. And I Think The Only Way We're Ever Likely To Do That Is By Going Into Space.
God Not Only Plays Dice, He Also Sometimes Throws The Dice Where They Cannot Be Seen.
Although September 11 Was Horrible, It Didn't Threaten The Survival Of The Human Race, Like Nuclear Weapons Do.
I Had Not Expected 'A Brief History Of Time' To Be A Best Seller. It Was My First Popular Book And Aroused A Great Deal Of Interest. Initially, Many People Found It Difficult To Understand. I Therefore Decided To Try To Write A New Version That Would Be Easier To Follow.
Someone Told Me That Each Equation I Included In The Book Would Halve The Sales.
If We Do Discover A Complete Theory, It Should Be In Time Understandable In Broad Principle By Everyone. Then We Shall All, Philosophers, Scientists, And Just Ordinary People Be Able To Take Part In The Discussion Of Why We And The Universe Exist.
I'm Not Afraid Of Death, But I'm In No Hurry To Die. I Have So Much I Want To Do First.
People Who Boast About Their I.q. Are Losers.
The Universe Is Governed By Science. But Science Tells Us That We Can't Solve The Equations, Directly In The Abstract.
Philosophers Have Not Kept Up With Modern Developments In Science. Particularly Physics.
We Should Seek The Greatest Value Of Our Action.
My Work And My Family Are Very Important To Me.
I Don't Want To Write An Autobiography Because I Would Become Public Property With No Privacy Left.
I Want To Know Why The Universe Exists, Why There Is Something Greater Than Nothing.
We Think We Have Solved The Mystery Of Creation. Maybe We Should Patent The Universe And Charge Everyone Royalties For Their Existence.
In The Past, There Was Active Discrimination Against Women In Science. That Has Now Gone, And Although There Are Residual Effects, These Are Not Enough To Account For The Small Numbers Of Women, Particularly In Mathematics And Physics.
I Have Wondered About Time All My Life.
Success In Creating Ai Would Be The Biggest Event In Human History. Unfortunately, It Might Also Be The Last, Unless We Learn How To Avoid The Risks.
Life On Earth Is At The Ever-increasing Risk Of Being Wiped Out By A Disaster, Such As Sudden Global Nuclear War, A Genetically Engineered Virus Or Other Dangers We Have Not Yet Thought Of.
Theoretical Physics Is One Of The Few Fields In Which Being Disabled Is No Handicap - It Is All In The Mind.
My Advice To Other Disabled People Would Be, Concentrate On Things Your Disability Doesn't Prevent You Doing Well, And Don't Regret The Things It Interferes With. Don't Be Disabled In Spirit As Well As Physically.
There Is No Physical Law Precluding Particles From Being Organised In Ways That Perform Even More Advanced Computations Than The Arrangements Of Particles In Human Brains.
Before 1915, Space And Time Were Thought Of As A Fixed Arena In Which Events Took Place, But Which Was Not Affected By What Happened In It. Space And Time Are Now Dynamic Quantities... Space And Time Not Only Affect But Are Also Affected By Everything That Happens In The Universe.
We Live In A Bewildering World.
Many People Find The Universe Confusing - It's Not.
Time Can Behave Like Another Direction In Space Under Extreme Conditions.
I Was Not A Good Student. I Did Not Spend Much Time At College; I Was Too Busy Enjoying Myself.
The Cyclic Universe Theory Predicts No Gravitational Waves From The Early Universe.
It's A Pity That Nobody Has Found An Exploding Black Hole. If They Had, I Would Have Won A Nobel Prize.
Work Gives You Meaning And Purpose And Life Is Empty Without It.
It Was Einstein's Dream To Discover The Grand Design Of The Universe, A Single Theory That Explains Everything. However, Physicists In Einstein's Day Hadn't Made Enough Progress In Understanding The Forces Of Nature For That To Be A Realistic Goal.
Exploration By Real People Inspires Us.
Only Black Holes Of Very Low Mass Would Emit A Significant Amount Of Radiation.
According To 'M' Theory, Ours Is Not The Only Universe. Instead, 'M' Theory Predicts That A Great Many Universes Were Created Out Of Nothing.
Cambridge Is One Of The Best Universities In The World, Especially In My Field.
If You Believe In Science, Like I Do, You Believe That There Are Certain Laws That Are Always Obeyed.
There Is Nothing Bigger Or Older Than The Universe.
Many Badly Needed Goals, Like Fusion And Cancer Cure, Would Be Achieved Much Sooner If We Invested More.
Up Until The 1920s, Everyone Thought The Universe Was Essentially Static And Unchanging In Time.
If I Had A Time Machine, I'd Visit Marilyn Monroe In Her Prime Or Drop In On Galileo As He Turned His Telescope To The Heavens.
My Father Was A Research Scientist In Tropical Medicine, So I Always Assumed I Would Be A Scientist, Too. I Felt That Medicine Was Too Vague And Inexact, So I Chose Physics.
We Are All Now Connected By The Internet, Like Neurons In A Giant Brain.
Before We Understand Science, It Is Natural To Believe That God Created The Universe.
To Confine Our Attention To Terrestrial Matters Would Be To Limit The Human Spirit.
Among Physicists, I'm Respected I Hope.
I Believe Everyone Should Have A Broad Picture Of How The Universe Operates And Our Place In It. It Is A Basic Human Desire. And It Also Puts Our Worries In Perspective.