Stephen Hawking Quotes & Wallpapers

Stephen Hawking
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Time travel may be possible, but it is not practical. Stephen Hawking

The moment you understand the whole Universe, is the moment you slightly begin to understand the way God's mind works Stephen Hawking

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. Stephen Hawking

I think it would be a disaster. The extraterrestrials would probably be far in advance of us. The history of advanced races meeting more primitive people on this planet is not very happy, and they were the same species. I think we should keep our heads low. Stephen Hawking

So next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist. Stephen Hawking

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was able to reason. Stephen Hawking

Not to take this web of dualities as a sign we are on the right track would be a bit like believing that God put fossils into the rocks in order to mislead Darwin about the evolution of life. Stephen Hawking

In my school, the brightest boys did math and physics, the less bright did physics and chemistry, and the least bright did biology. I wanted to do math and physics, but my father made me do chemistry because he thought there would be no jobs for mathematicians. Stephen Hawking

I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth. Stephen Hawking

A few years ago, the city council of Monza, Italy, barred pet owners from keeping goldfish in curved bowls... saying that it is cruel to keep a fish in a bowl with curved sides because, gazing out, the fish would have a distorted view of reality. But how do we know we have the true, undistorted picture of reality? Stephen Hawking

It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years. Stephen Hawking

I can't say that my disability has helped my work, but it has allowed me to concentrate on research without having to lecture or sit on boring committees. Stephen Hawking

The missing link in cosmology is the nature of dark matter and dark energy. Stephen Hawking

The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? Stephen Hawking

For years, my early work with Roger Penrose seemed to be a disaster for science. It showed that the universe must have begun with a singularity, if Einstein's general theory of relativity is correct. That appeared to indicate that science could not predict how the universe would begin. Stephen Hawking

I used to think information was destroyed in black hole. This was my biggest blunder, or at least my biggest blunder in science. Stephen Hawking

No one can resist the idea of a crippled genius. Stephen Hawking

Observations indicate that the universe is expanding at an ever increasing rate. It will expand forever, getting emptier and darker. Stephen Hawking

I believe in universal health care. And I am not afraid to say so. Stephen Hawking

A zero-gravity flight is a first step toward space travel. Stephen Hawking

I have visited Japan several times and have always been shown wonderful hospitality. Stephen Hawking

I have wondered about time all my life. Stephen Hawking

I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived. Stephen Hawking

I think those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain should have the right to choose to end their own life, and those that help them should be free from prosecution. Stephen Hawking

Using e-mail, I can communicate with scientists all over the world. Stephen Hawking

Maybe I don't have the most common kind of motor neuron disease, which usually kills in two or three years. Stephen Hawking

Many badly needed goals, like fusion and cancer cure, would be achieved much sooner if we invested more. Stephen Hawking

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. Stephen Hawking

When I hear of Schrodinger's cat, I reach for my pistol. Stephen Hawking

All that my work has shown is that you don't have to say that the way the universe began was the personal whim of God. Stephen Hawking

The world has changed far more in the past 100 years than in any other century in history. The reason is not political or economic but technological-technologies that flowed directly from advances in basic science. Clearly, no scientist better represents those advances than Albert Einstein: TIME's Person of the Century. Stephen Hawking

I think the next [21st] century will be the century of complexity. We have already discovered the basic laws that govern matter and understand all the normal situations. We don't know how the laws fit together, and what happens under extreme conditions. But I expect we will find a complete unified theory sometime this century. The is no limit to the complexity that we can build using those basic laws. Stephen Hawking

I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be space and that it represents an important life insurance for our future survival, as it could prevent the disappearance of humanity by colonizing other planets, Stephen Hawking

It often happens that I have an idea, but then I try to fill in the intermediate steps and find they don't work, so I have to give it up. Stephen Hawking

Simplicity is a matter of taste Stephen Hawking

In real time, the universe has a beginning and an end at singularities that form a boundary to space-time and at which the laws of science break down. Stephen Hawking

Eternity is a long time, especially towards the end. Stephen Hawking

If there really is a complete unified theory that governs everything, it presumably also determines your actions. But it does so in a way that is impossible to calculate for an organism that is as complicated as a human being. The reason we say that humans have free will is because we can't predict what they will do. Stephen Hawking

We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain. Stephen Hawking

Only a very few would allow creatures like us to exist. Thus our presence selects out from this vast array only these universes that are compatible without existence. Although we are puny and insignificant on the scale of the cosmos, this makes us in a sense, the lords of creation. Stephen Hawking

A snooze button is a poor substitute for no alarm clock at all. Stephen Hawking

Perhaps we could write code to optimize code, then run that code through the code optimizer? Stephen Hawking

Success is a relative term. It brings so many relatives. Stephen Hawking

I'm really easy to get along with once you see it my way. Stephen Hawking

Jesus loves you, but everyone else thinks you're an ass. Stephen Hawking

What was God doing before the divine creation? Was he preparing hell for people who asked such questions? Stephen Hawking

Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn't have to be like this. Stephen Hawking

Many people do not like the idea that time has a beginning, probably because it smacks of divine intervention. (The Catholic Church, on the other hand, seized on the big bang model and in 1951 officially pronounced it to be in accordance with the Bible. Stephen Hawking

There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works. Stephen Hawking

We are very, very small, but we are profoundly capable of very, very big things Stephen Hawking

I've noticed that even people who believe in fate look both ways before crossing the street. Stephen Hawking

Science does not deny religion, it just offers a simpler alternative. Stephen Hawking

It is all right to make mistakes; nothing is perfect because with perfection, we would not exist. Stephen Hawking

For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Stephen Hawking

Computer viruses are alive. Stephen Hawking

Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis: you can never prove it. Stephen Hawking

In my mind, I am free. Stephen Hawking

In effect, we have redefined the task of science to be the discovery of laws that will enable us to predict events up to the limits set by the uncertainty principle. Stephen Hawking

What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe.... Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? Stephen Hawking

On seeing the Enterprise's warp engine while visiting the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation (where he would briefly play himself in the 1993 episode Descent, Part I), Hawking smiled and said: I'm working on that. Stephen Hawking

Galileo, perhaps more than any other single person, was responsible for the birth of modern science. Stephen Hawking

There is no prescribed route to follow to arrive at a new idea. You have to make the intuitive leap. But the difference is that once you've made that intuitive leap you have to justify it by filling in the intermediate steps. Stephen Hawking

It matters if you just don't give up. Stephen Hawking

Everything that civilisation has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools that AI may provide, but the eradication of war, disease, and poverty would be high on anyone's list. Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last. Stephen Hawking

We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet. Stephen Hawking

Life would be tragic if it weren't funny. Stephen Hawking

Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson's and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway. Stephen Hawking

I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these 'how' and 'why' questions. Occasionally, I find an answer. Stephen Hawking

My discovery that black holes emit radiation raised serious problems of consistency with the rest of physics. I have now resolved these problems, but the answer turned out to be not what I expected. Stephen Hawking

Theology is unnecessary. Stephen Hawking

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