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«... thank the gods that they have made you superior to those events which they have not placed within your own control, rendered you accountable for that only which is within you own control For what, then, have they made you responsible? For that which is alone in your own power—a right use of things as they appear.» Discourses of Epictetus Book I:12
"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
RIP Stephen Hawking
"There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult." - C.A.R. Hoare
Having spent a number of years trying to follow his footsteps along that mind bending road in cosmology I always felt I knew just enough to know how little I actually knew and in that the immensity of his intellect and his achievements. Doing all that while living with ALS makes the entire feat that is his life incredible.
We all knew he’s been on borrowed time for the last 50 years, and even though I thought it would never come as a shock when he eventually shuffled off to the great singularity in the sky it..., well, it still is.
I feel like a torch that was helping shine a small light on the deepest darkest places of our understanding of the universe has just gone dark.
Just saw the movie The Theory of Everything[^] a few weeks ago.
If there's anything I admire more than his IQ and his (proven) theories it's his positive mindset.
If more people had that mindset the world would be a better place.
Unfortunately, we now have one less
Sad indeed. I wonder if studying his physiology will help in the treatment of ALS, as he may have been the person who survived the longest with that disease.
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