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Stephen Hawking (1942-2018): What the British physicist had to say about AI and the universe

Hawking is best known for his theory that black holes emit radiations which can be detected by special instrumentation.

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One of the greatest scientists of all times, Stephen Hawking passed away in the early hours of Wednesday in Cambridge. Born on January 8, 1942, Hawking contributed to the field of physical theory including gravitation, cosmology, quantum theory, thermodynamics, and information theory.

Hawking is best known for his theory that black holes emit radiations which can be detected by special instrumentation. He authored “A Brief History of Time“, a book on cosmology that explains everything from the Big Bang to Black Holes.

In 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with a rare motor neuron disease and was told he won’t survive beyond two years. However, his disability did not come in the way of his pursuit of bigger scientific theories which came to become our understanding of the universe.

He was bound to a chair and talked through a computer. His physical challenges gave a newer perspective on science, technology, and life in general. Below are some of the most memorable things Hawking said during his scientific career and life with a disability.

  • Published Date: March 14, 2018 12:28 PM IST