Professor Stephen Hawking, who recently left us (January 8, 1942 – March 14, 2018), more than anyone showed his passion for deciphering the beginnings of the universe, that first spark that gave rise to everything that surrounds us and always He spoke to us in a language accessible to the common people.
His book Brief history of time was a talisman of ideas and theories that describe the functioning of the universe, thus advancing the general knowledge about the cosmos. His theories about the radiation of black holes was novel, then led to the start of a theory that nobody dared to try, such as the coexistence of the small at the molecular level of quantum mechanics, intermingled with the greatest of the printed cosmic universe in the General Relativity and that its possible harmonious coexistence governed by unknowns physical laws that tried to describe them in the unfinished Theory of the whole.
He described us as a big star, which when collapsed would create a huge rotating attraction in its center, which would devour everything, where nobody could escape the Horizon Event. He was explaining to us the physical nature of a black hole.
Hawking’s thinking has not only inspired an entire generation of scientists, but also a youth of students and a vast population of science lovers, and with more emphasis on those who use telescopes. The influence of today’s scientists tends to be measured in thousands of internet dating. Hawking is surely the largest collection of fans in millions of readers of his theories. Indeed, 28 million books sold from his Brief History of Time gives us the idea of his great popularity. His theories have opened new paths of research in theoretical physics, cosmology, and mathematics.
Cosmos. Hawking, like us, admires that we are inside a cosmic wonder where there is a species that thinks that the universe is something spectacular. He explains that the galaxies are separating, which makes us deduce that, a long time ago, they left a unique place in a big explosion. He tells us that this was the great moment of admirable celestial engineering. Later on, that primordial cloud that expanded at high speed as it cooled, stars, planets and us would form, explaining that the most interesting thing is that through telescopes we can see almost the beginning of the universe when observing the oldest stars.
The noted British cosmologist was a worthy successor to Albert Einstein and, surely, in a few more years we will know who will be the next brilliant successor of the two, someone who may, in this or the next century, continue the Theory of Everything and also to initiate the first steps to decipher the nature of the Dark Energy that is taking us to the edge of the cosmos, which we definitely do not want to reach, because there the particles of which we are made could disintegrate.
Like us, he asked himself with philosophical curiosity if there are some supreme authority out there that establishes the laws of nature so that everything can exist.
Hawking’s thought will always be with us because we will continuously be immersed in the task of solving the biggest unknowns of nature: the time and space that govern our lives.