Stephen Hawking is so representative when it comes to science that his own life is proof of that.
Diagnosed at age 21 as having a degenerative form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Hawking received a sad medical expectation: he would have only two more years to live. Today, at the age of 74, the scientist has not only avoided expectations but is considered one of the great living geniuses in the world.
Know a little of this genius in the following quotes:
1 - I.Q. versus intelligence
"People who boast about their IQs are losers."
2 - About noise
"Quiet people have the loudest minds."
3 - Change
"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."
4 - Imperfection
"The next time someone complains that you made a mistake, tell that person that maybe that's a good thing, because without imperfection neither you nor I would exist."
5 - About sclerosis
“It is a waste of time to be irritated by my disability. People will not have time for you if you’re always angry or complaining. ”
6 - Unanimity
"I have noticed that even those who claim that everything is predestined and that we cannot change anything about it continue to look both ways before crossing the street."
7 - God and black holes
"Considering what black holes suggest, God doesn't just throw dice, he sometimes confuses us by throwing them no one can see."
8 - About humanity
“For millions of years, humanity has lived just like animals. Then something happened that unleashed the power of our imagination. We learn to speak and we learn to listen. ”
9 - Your definitions of “simple” have been d
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the Universe, why it is so and why it exists in general. ”
10 - Direction
"Remember to look up at the stars, not down at your feet."
11 - Expectations
"My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything has been a bonus ever since."
12 - Freedom
"Although I cannot move and have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free."
13 - On the order of things
"The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary way, but that they reflect a basic order, which may or may not be divinely inspired."
14 - There is hope
“No matter how bad life can be, there is always something you can do and succeed. While there is life, there is hope."
15 - Humanity and the Universe
“We are just an advanced species of monkeys on a small planet with a medium star. But we can understand the Universe. It makes us very special. ”