Thought for the month

“You cannot have freedom without a rule of law ... and if you don't have it, what you tend to get is corruption and that is death to freedom, it's death to truth, it's death to honour, it's death to democracy.”

Margaret Thatcher, 1 October 1996.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

“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.” The words of Professor Stephen Hawking who died last month. He was special. It is fitting that his ashes will rest alongside Newton and Darwin. His work on black holes and cosmology will give him a place in the annals of physics. However to many the detailed science is overshadowed by the person. In a world of banality and bling with ‘followers’ and ‘likes’ mistaken for achievement and worth he was different. The most recognisable scientist of our age. A communicator and a populariser of science who inspired many. Long may others aspire to copy.


We might not need or be able to fully understand Hawking Radiation but we can emulate the late Professor – try listening to Mozart and Beethoven in times of need.

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