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There is a two-way trade between science fiction and science. Science fiction suggests ideas that scientists incorporate into their theories, but sometimes science turns up notions that are stranger than any science fiction.
I do not agree with the view that the universe is a mystery, something that one can have intuition about but never fully analyze or comprehend.
In an infinite number universe, every point can be regarded as the center, because every point has an infinity of stars on each side of it.
The universe of Eastern mysticism is an illusion, A physicist who attempts to link it with his own work has abandoned physics.
It is reasonable to ask who or what created the universe, but if the answer is God, then the question has merely been deflected to that of who created God.
Each equation, I was told, would halve the sales of the book. But that was okay. Equations are necessary if you are doing accountancy, but they are the boring part of mathematics. Most of the interesting ideas can be conveyed by words or pictures.
We still believe that the universe should be logical and beautiful; we just dropped the word "God."
There may be no ultimate theory, and even if there is, we may not find it. But it is surely better to strive for a complete understanding than to despair of the human mind.
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You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn't want to.
Robert H. Schuller
January 8, 1942
March 14, 2018
Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.
A Brief History of Time (1988)
The Grand Design (2010)
The Universe in a Nutshell (2001)
My Brief History (2013)
A Briefer History of Time (2005)
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