Stephen Hawking`s Genius Quotes

perspective

On Perspective

“The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around
a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. We
are so insignificant that I can’t believe the whole universe exists for our
benefit. That would be like saying that you would disappear if I closed my eyes.”

(From an interview with Ken Campbell on Reality on the Rocks: Beyond Our Ken, 1995)

 

Us

 

On Us

“I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we
spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single
planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.”

(As quoted in the Daily Telegraph, 2001)

 

 

On Viruses

“I think computer viruses should count as life…I think it says something about
human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely
destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.”

(At a speech at Macworld Expo in Boston, 1994)

 

 

On Frustrating Theories

“My attitude–I would paraphrase Goering–is that when I hear of Schrödinger’s cat,
I reach for my gun.”

(In a conversation with Timothy Ferris, 1983)

 

 

 

 

 

black hole

On Black Holes

“If you jump into a black hole, your mass energy will be returned to our universe
but in a mangled form which contains the information about what you were like but
in a state where it can not be easily recognized. It is like burning an
encyclopedia. Information is not lost, if one keeps the smoke and the ashes. But it
is difficult to read.”

(Information Loss in Black Holes, 2005)

 

 

boundaries

On Boundaries

“There ought to be something very special about the boundary conditions of the
universe, and what can be more special than that there is no boundary?”

(As quoted in The Anthropic Cosmological Principle (1986) by John D. Barrow and Frank J. Tipler)

 

 

 

 

time

On the End of Time

“When I gave a lecture in Japan, I was asked not to mention the possible re-
collapse of the universe, because it might affect the stock market. However, I can
re-assure anyone who is nervous about their investments that it is a bit early to
sell: even if the universe does come to an end, it won’t be for at least twenty
billion years. By that time, maybe the GATT trade agreement will have come into
effect.”

(The Beginning of Time, 1996)

 

 

chaos

On Chaos

“Disorder increases with time because we measure time in the direction in which
disorder increases. You can’t have a safer bet than that!”

(A Brief History of Time, 1988)

 

 

 

 

 

 

dimension

On Dimensions

“Evolution has ensured that our brains just aren’t equipped to visualise 11
dimensions directly. However, from a purely mathematical point of view it’s just as
easy to think in 11 dimensions, as it is to think in three or four.”

(As quoted in the Guardian, 2005)

 

 

 

 

earth

On Life on Earth

“The life we have on Earth must have spontaneously generated itself. It must
therefore be possible for life to generate spontaneously elsewhere in the
universe.”

(From an appearance on Alien Planet, on the Discover Channel, 2005)

 

 

 

 

 

alien

On Aliens

“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.”

(From an appearance on Naked Science: Alien Contact on the National Geographic Channel)

 

 

 

 

 

 

UFO

On UFOs

“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.”

(From an appearance on Naked Science: Alien Contact on the National Geographic Channel, 2004)

 

 

God

On God

“We are each free to believe what we want and it is my view that the simplest
explanation is there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our
fate. This leads me to a profound realization. There is probably no heaven, and no
afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the
universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.”

(From Curiosity on the Discover Channel, 2011)

 

 

 

law of attraction

On the Laws of Attractions

“It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own
universe lies another different universe. And in that universe, Zayn is still in
One Direction.”

(at the Sydney Opera House, April 25, 2015)

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