I was devastated to hear that Stephen Hawking died today at the age of 76. I know he was very sick for a very long time, but he also had an amazing intellect and he will be sorely missed. I always suck at what to say in these situations, and how to express my reasons for feeling so sad about the death of someone I have never met, so I will leave it and instead quote Neil Degrasse Tyson, whose tweet about Stephen Hawking‘s passing is one of the best put that I have seen.
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018
Maybe this one is a little too soon, but I also can’t sign off completely without including the tweet from @TheTweetOfGod
It’s only been a few hours and Stephen Hawking already mathematically proved, to My face, that I don’t exist.
The Stephen Hawking that I invented in my head would have liked that.
I still have his latest book on my shelf, waiting to be opened. Maybe now is the time to find the time to read it.