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List A – Stephen Hawking – Quotes


  1. A few years ago, the city council of Monza, Italy, barred pet owners from keeping goldfish in curved bowls… saying that it is cruel to keep a fish in a bowl with curved sides because, gazing out, the fish would have a distorted view of reality. But how do we know we have the true, undistorted picture of reality?

  2. A zero-gravity flight is a first step toward space travel.

  3. According to ‘M’ theory, ours is not the only universe. Instead, ‘M’ theory predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing.

  4. All my adult life people have been helping me.

  5. Although almost every theoretical physicist agrees with my prediction that a black hole should glow like a hot body, it would be very difficult to verify experimentally because the temperature of a macroscopic black hole is so low.

  6. Although September 11 was horrible, it didn’t threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do.

  7. Among physicists, I’m respected I hope.

  8. As a child, I wanted to know how things worked and to control them. With a friend, I built a number of complicated models that I could control.

  9. As Irving Good realised in 1965, machines with superhuman intelligence could repeatedly improve their design even further, triggering what Vernor Vinge called a ‘singularity.’

  10. As scientists, we step on the shoulders of science, building on the work that has come before us – aiming to inspire a new generation of young scientists to continue once we are gone.

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