Happy 75th Birthday, Stephen Hawking

Against all odds, physicist Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with ALS at 21, is celebrating his 75th birthday today. In that time, he has done an impressive, and groundbreaking, amount of work – spanning through cosmology, particularly regarding black holes, and physics.

In honor of his 75th birthday, I’m sharing the concluding lines from the 70th birthday speech he’d prepared (but was unable to personally deliver) at Cambridge in 2012:

“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.”

Words to live by from one of the greatest minds of our era.

Image from NASA of composite x-ray of gas emanating from a black hole at the center of the NGC 1068 galaxy, borrowed from National Geographic at http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/photos/black-holes-gallery/#/black-hole-wind_840_600x450.jpg

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