Stephen Hawking: On God and Science

Stephen Hawking: On God and Science

His books, starting with "A Brief History of Time" in 1988, became best-sellers, and he became a pop-culture legend. "It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all".

It is a measure of Hawking's extraordinary influence, not only among scientists but far beyond, that the announcement of his death this week inspired an outpouring of regret and remembrance from everyone from NASA to actor Eddie Redmayne, who portrayed Hawking in the 2014 film "The Theory of Everything". "Is this how they want to promote the scientific temper - through misleading and false claims?"

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease, tormented Hawking's body from the time it was diagnosed when he was a 21-year-old graduate research scholar at Cambridge University in England. But since ALS, he saved my life with his example.

In 2009, former President Barack Obama gave the renowned physicist the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Hawking also underscored the difference between religion, which is compounded on authority and miracles, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Doctors told him that his condition would shorten his life expectancy and predicted he might die young, However, he surprised the world with his genius mind for decades.

But unlike some celebrity scientists who embrace celebrity more than science, Hawking was the real thing.

"At the end of the articles, two emails were given â€" a Nov 2013 request by I-SERVE chairman K V Krishnamurthy to Hawking to comment on an article titled The World Beyond Fermions (Vedic Model) presented in the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Materials at Jaingsu University, Jaingsu, China and subsequently published in Avagadro Journal of Chemistry.

"Great to see Neymar drawing inspiration from Stephen Hawking as he adjusts to living his life with a sore ankle for a few weeks", another said. It is not good enough that a website dedicated to the Vedas makes this claim. We delight in putting people on pedestals and delight even more in knocking them off. Yet Hawking disbelieved in God. That outlook, as much as the knowledge it enabled him to pursue, represented a rare gift.

On another occasion, he said, "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail".

"People in positions of leadership who seek to glorify our past in such ways don't seem to realise that such statements will only damage India's credibility today", said a senior astrophysicist in a government institution who requested anonymity. All comments will be reviewed by our moderator prior to publication.

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