Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking


1/8/1942, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England UK

Birth Name

Stephen William Hawking



Also Known As

Professor Stephen William Hawking, D.Phil., CH, CBE, FRS,
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Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 (300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. His parents' house was in north London, but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies. When he was eight, his family moved…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Books authored by Steven Hawking:
      Is the End In Sight For Theoretical Physics? (1980)
      A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes (1990)
      Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays (1993)
      The Universe in a Nutshell (1998)
      God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History (2002)
      On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy (2002)
      The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe (2002)

    • Stephen Hawking was a guest on the TV show Alien Planet.

    • Stephen Hawking co-authored the book The Future of Theoretical Physics and Cosmology published in 2002.

    • Stephen Hawking co-authored the book Stephen Hawking's Universe: The Cosmos Explained published in 1998.

    • Stephen Hawking co-authored the book The Nature of Space and Time published in 1996.

    • Stephen Hawking co-authored the book The Physics of Star Trek published in 1995.

    • Stephen Hawking co-authored the book Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacypublished in 1994.

    • Stephen Hawking co-authored the book The Formation and Evolution of Cosmic Strings published in 1990.

    • Stephen Hawking co-authored the book Three Hundred Years of Gravitation published in 1987.

    • Stephen Hawking co-authored the book Supersymmetry and Its Applications: Superstrings, Anomalies and Supergravity published in 1986.

    • Stephen Hawking co-authored the book Superspace and Supergravity published in 1981.

    • Stephen Hawking Co-Authored the book The Large-Scale Structure of Space-Time published in 1975

    • His Chinese Astrological sign is a Snake.

    • He is the only person in any Star Trek series to play himself.

  • Quotes

    • Stephen Hawking: (Following an inquiry of his IQ I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.

    • Stephen Hawking : Marlon Brando is maybe the greatest actor of the last two centuries. But his mind is much more important than the acting thing. The way that he looks at things, doesn't judge things, the way that he assesses things. He's as important as, uh... who's important today? Jesus, not many people...

    • Stephen Hawking : When I hear of Schrödinger's cat, I reach for my gun.

    • Stephen Hawking : When I hear of Schrödinger's cat, I reach for my gun.

    • Stephen Hawking: (Following an inquiry of his speech synthesiser) I find that American & Scandinavian accents work better with women.

    • Stephen Hawking : One could say: "The boundary condition of the universe is that it has no boundary." The universe would be completely self-contained and not affected by anything outside itself. It would neither be created nor destroyed. It would just BE.

    • 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.

    • Stephen Hawking: All of my life, I have been fascinated by the big questions that face us, and have tried to find scientific answers to them. Perhaps that is why I have sold more books on physics than Madonna has on sex.

    • Stephen Hawking: 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: 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: 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: So Einstein was wrong when he said "God does not play dice". Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that He sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen.

    • Stephen Hawking: We shouldn't be surprised that conditions in the universe are suitable for life, but this is not evidence that the universe was designed to allow for life.

    • Stephen Hawking: My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.

    • Stephen Hawking: For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imaginations, we learned to talk.

    • Stephen Hawking: The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.

    • Stephen Hawking: Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales.

    • Stephen Hawking: But maybe that is our mistake: maybe there are no particle positions and velocities, but only waves. It is just that we try to fit the waves to our preconceived ideas of positions and velocities.The resulting mismatch is the cause of the apparent unpredictability.

    • Stephen Hawking: If human life were long enough to find the ultimate theory, everything would have been solved by previous generations. Nothing would be left to be discovered.

    • Stephen Hawking: Disorder increases with time because we measure time in the direction in which disorder increases.

    • Stephen Hawking: The universe would have expanded in a smooth way from a single point. As it expanded, it would have borrowed energy from the gravitational field, to create matter. As any economist could have predicted, the result of all that borrowing, was inflation. The universe expanded and borrowed at an ever-increasing rate. Fortunately, the debt of gravitational energy will not have to be repaid until the end of the universe.

    • Stephen Hawking: 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: I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

    • Stephen Hawking: 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.

    • Stephen Hawking: Equations are just the boring part of mathematics. I attempt to see things in terms of geometry.

    • Stephen Hawking: It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.

    • Stephen Hawking: The Steady State theory was what Karl Popper would call a good scientific theory: it made definite predictions, which could be tested by observation, and possibly falsified. Unfortunately for the theory, they were falsified.

    • Stephen Hawking: We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.

    • Stephen Hawking: Bodies like the earth are not made to move on curved orbits by a force called gravity; instead, they follow the nearest thing to a straight path in a curved space, which is called a geodesic. A geodesic is the shortest (or longest) path between two nearby points.

    • Stephen Hawking: It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.

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

    • Stephen Hawking: 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.

    • Stephen Hawking: Nuclear weapons need large facilities, but genetic engineering can be done in a small lab. You can't regulate every lab in the world. The danger is that either by accident or design, we create a virus that destroys us.

    • 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: There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end of the search for the ultimate laws of nature.

    • Stephen Hawking: It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.

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

    • Stephen Hawking: When one's expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.

    • Stephen Hawking: To show this diagram properly, I would really need a four dimensional screen. However, because of government cuts, we could manage to provide only a two dimensional screen.

    • Stephen Hawking: To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.

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