“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.