‘If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?” – Stephen Hawking
World has lost a great genius in Stephen Hawking. His theories in field of cosmology are way ahead of times. Despite physically disabled, Stephen Hawking has proved that it takes a strong will to succeed regardless of the adversities and odds that paralyze our life. To the world, Stephen Hawking is a superhero, a role-model who created wonders in world of physics only on the strength of hope. With just a speech generating machine and a hand held switch, he gave the world his futuristic ideas on cosmology, global warming and artificial intelligence. Had it been any other person in his place, he would have crumbled down with dejection. It was Stephen Hawking who emerged unscratched despite undergoing the heartbreaking phases in his life. This article is homage to the undying spirit of hope that Stephen Hawking imbibed in every person including me.
There is not a single reader who hasn’t read ‘A brief history of time’ which was based on his lectures and notes. Recently a Hollywood movie – The Theory of everything captured the life of Stephen Hawking with his wife Jane. I was stunned with the performance of actor Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in the movie. It was not just the physical similarity to Stephen Hawking, but the sincerity, conviction and trauma that the genius underwent while suffering from motor neuron disease was portrayed realistically by actor Eddie Redmayne. Felicity Jones’ heart-touching portrayal of Jane Hawking is one more selling point which makes the movie a compelling watch.
The movie – The theory of everything was based on Jane Hawking’s book – Traveling to Infinity: My life with Stephen. In this book, Jane Hawking wrote about her relationship with Stephen Hawking and the tough times she faced after Stephen was paralyzed. Despite taking care of Stephen Hawking for over a decade during his times of disability, Stephen divorced Jane to start a new life with his nurse Elaine Mason. It just remains a question that why Stephen Hawking left his wife who had stood like a pillar of strength with him in his difficult times. Though Stephen Hawking and Jane reconciled later as good friends, the growing popularity of Hawking and the constant interference of people took a toll on their relationship.
Despite facing so many heartbreaking trials in life, Stephen Hawking continued his contribution towards cosmology. He had even predicted that artificial intelligence could be a threat to human race. This blog post is a just a small piece of write up, reminiscing the great genius through books, news articles, movies that were based on him. I am definitely keen to read ‘A brief history of time’ and ‘Traveling to infinity: My life with Stephen’ which will help me to get familiar with the man behind the genius.