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Stephen Hawking
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We could call order by the name of God, but it would be an impersonal God. There's not much personal about the laws of physics. Stephen Hawking
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We won't know for a few years. Stephen Hawking
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It is impossible to imagine a four-dimensional space. I personally find it hard enough to visualize a three-dimensional space! Stephen Hawking
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Please join me in applauding the ESA - European Space Agency's historic efforts with the Rosetta Mission and landing a spacecraft on rotating comet. It may seem like a work of fiction, but it is very real, very impressive, and will help us to further uncover the mysteries surrounding the formation of the solar system. They made a beautiful short film using an imaginary landscape to illustrate today's historic feat. Stephen Hawking
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It matters if you don't just give up. Stephen Hawking
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It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. Its a crazy world out there. Be curious. Stephen Hawking
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The question is: is the way the universe began chosen by God for reasons we can't understand, or was it determined by a law of science? I believe the second. If you like, you can call the laws of science 'God', but it wouldn't be a personal God that you could meet, and ask questions. Stephen Hawking
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One might think this means that imaginary numbers are just a mathematical game having nothing to do with the real world. From the viewpoint of positivist philosophy, however, one cannot determine what is real. All one can do is find which mathematical models describe the universe we live in. It turns out that a mathematical model involving imaginary time predicts not only effects we have already observed but also effects we have not been able to measure yet nevertheless believe in for other reasons. So what is real and what is imaginary? Is the distinction just in our minds? Stephen Hawking
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Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain lurking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space. Stephen Hawking
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If we can avoid disaster for the next two centuries, our species should be safe as we spread into space. If we are the only intellegent beings in the galaxy we should make sure we survive and continue. . . . Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward looking on planet Earth but to spread out into space. We have made remarkable progress in the last hundred years. But if we want to continue beyond the next hundred years, our future is in space. Stephen Hawking
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The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time. Stephen Hawking
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I like physics, but I love cartoons. Stephen Hawking
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The idea of 10 dimensions might sound exciting, but they would cause real problems if you forget where you parked your car. Stephen Hawking
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Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up. Stephen Hawking
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We don't let animals suffer, so why humans? Stephen Hawking
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The universe does not behave according to our pre-conceived ideas. It continues to surprise us. Stephen Hawking
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We find ourselves in a bewildering world. We want to make sense of what we see around us and to ask: What is the nature of the universe? What is our place in it and where did it and we come from? Why is it the way it is? Stephen Hawking
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Science makes god unnecessary. Stephen Hawking
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Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. Stephen Hawking
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Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion. Stephen Hawking
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People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining. Stephen Hawking
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With genetic engineering, we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA, and improve the human race. But it will be a slow process, because one will have to wait about 18 years to see the effect of changes to the genetic code. Stephen Hawking
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I was never top of the class at school, but my classmates must have seen potential in me, because my nickname was 'Einstein.' Stephen Hawking
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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. Stephen Hawking
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So long as the universe had a beginning, we could suppose it had a creator. But if the universe is really completely self-contained, having no boundary or edge, it would have neither beginning nor end: it would simply be. What place, then, for a creator? Stephen Hawking
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There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark. Stephen Hawking
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'The Simpsons' appearances were great fun. But I don't take them too seriously. I think 'The Simpsons' have treated my disability responsibly. Stephen Hawking
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I was not a good student. I did not spend much time at college; I was too busy enjoying myself. Stephen Hawking
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Time travel was once considered scientific heresy, and I used to avoid talking about it for fear of being labelled a 'crank.' Stephen Hawking
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We are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very early universe. Stephen Hawking
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The universe is not indifferent to our existence - it depends on it. Stephen Hawking
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There's no way to remove the observer - us - from our perceptions of the world. Stephen Hawking
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The Paralympic Games is about transforming our perception of the world. Stephen Hawking
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Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? Stephen Hawking
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I think it quite likely that we are the only civilization within several hundred light years; otherwise we would have heard radio waves. Stephen Hawking
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I am in touch with a company that hopes to replicate my voice. However, they are not replicating my original voice - if they did that, I would sound like a man in his 20s, which would be very strange! They are actually trying to replicate the synthesizer that sits on my wheelchair. Stephen Hawking
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Some forms of motor neuron disease are genetically linked, but I have no indication that my kind is. No other member of my family has had it. But I would be in favour of abortion if there was a high risk. Stephen Hawking
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I have found far greater enthusiasm for science in America than here in Britain. There is more enthusiasm for everything in America. Stephen Hawking
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[Asked what he thinks about most during the day] Women. They are a complete mystery. Stephen Hawking
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I don't have much positive to say about motor neurone disease. But it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I could still do. Stephen Hawking
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I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark. Stephen Hawking
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Working with my father [Stephen Hawking ] is a great thrill - he has the amazing ability to hold enormous amounts of information in his head. Stephen Hawking
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Or in other words, why does disorder increase in the same direction of time as that in which the universe expands? Stephen Hawking
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The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression, Stephen Hawking
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Think of our DNA. In the last million years, our DNA hasn't changed at all. It's really much the same as it was in the jungle, a million, two millions years ago. But in the last 200 years, our destructive capacities have increased many, many millions of times over. Why don't we see intelligent signals from outer space? Because in all likelihood, once the civilization reaches the point our civilization has reached, it destroys itself. Stephen Hawking
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Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales. I therefore resolved not to have any equations at all. In the end, however, I did put in one equation, Einstein's famous equation,. I hope that this will not scare off half of my potential readers. Stephen Hawking
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I think that it's important for scientists to explain their work, particularly in cosmology. This now answers many questions once asked of religion. Stephen Hawking
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When I get to heaven I'm gonna find the guy in charge of the weather and kick his rear. Stephen Hawking
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We explore because we are human. Stephen Hawking
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I think computer viruses should count as life, Stephen Hawking
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It matters that you don't just give up, Stephen Hawking
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Religion believes in miracles, but these aren't compatible with science. Stephen Hawking
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At times, I get very lonely because people are afraid to talk to me or don't wait for me to write a response. I'm shy and tongue-tied at times. I find it difficult to talk to people who I don't know. Stephen Hawking
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Now, radical forward thinking is offering hope for the future: Replacement body parts to order. A team of scientists in California believe that if you can design them on a computer, you should be able to print them out. Stephen Hawking
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I'm the archetype of a disabled genius, or should I say a physically challenged genius, to be politically correct. At least I'm obviously physically challenged. Whether I'm a genius is more open to doubt. Stephen Hawking
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My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus. Stephen Hawking
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The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope. Stephen Hawking
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Real science can be far stranger than science fiction and much more satisfying. Stephen Hawking
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Of course it is possible that UFO's really do contain aliens as many people believe, and the government is hushing it up Stephen Hawking
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If what we regard as real depends on our theory, how can we make reality the basis of our philosophy? ...But we cannot distinguish what is real about the universe without a theory...it makes no sense to ask if it corresponds to reality, because we do not know what reality is independent of a theory. Stephen Hawking
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Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Stephen Hawking
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Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity's deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in. Stephen Hawking
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Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically. Stephen Hawking
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Scientific discovery may not be better than sex, but the satisfaction lasts longer. Stephen Hawking
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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. Stephen Hawking
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When I was first diagnosed with ALS, I was given two years to live. Now 45 years later, I am doing pretty well. Stephen Hawking
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A model is a good model if first it interprets a wide range of observations in terms of a simple and elegant model, and second if the model makes definite predictions that can be tested, and possibly falsified, by observation. Stephen Hawking
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A theory is a good theory if it satisfies two requirements: it must accurately describe a large class of observations on the basis of a model that contains only a few arbitrary elements, and it must make definite predictions about the results of future observations. Stephen Hawking
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Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis: you can never prove it. No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory. Stephen Hawking
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I have experimental evidence that time travel is not possible. Stephen Hawking
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