His work was like yoga for the brain!
I tried to read a couple of his books, including the last one, “The Grand Design” because of my interest in quantum physics. But because while I love the idea of science, and even studied the history of the philosophy of science (yes there is such a thing) years ago at uni, that was really as close as I got! It was like teaching my cat to use the toilet. Great in theory but in practice was never going to happen.
But whether I understood everything he wrote or not ( yeah it was definitely “or not”) I know a great brain when I see one and his should be celebrated!! The contributions he made despite the limitations of his illness, who knows maybe because of it, were astounding. So much has been discovered and will continue to be as a result of his work. But for me it was his enormous will, personality and heart that I loved as much as that amazing brain that made universe creating scientific discoveries. He was on the Big Bang theory for a start – I can’t think of a cooler way to not take yourself seriously! But he was also a humanitarian, seeing women as not just as equals but potentially overtaking men in years to come, and a great supporter of gay and lesbian rights. He said many brilliant things including the quote above but also the very beautiful ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’
I have great faith in advancing consciousness and believe that we are all connected as one energy. I know he didn’t share such beliefs, at least not in any spiritual sense; certainly not a belief that our energy continues on as part of God. But I think he is definitely continuing on and whether you believe that’s an energetic thing or it’s because of his research legacy is kind of irrelevant.
He made a mark. A great big star shaped one. And we are all better for it.