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List S – Stephen Hawking – Quotes

  1. Science can lift people out of poverty and cure disease. That, in turn, will reduce civil unrest.

  2. Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology and the fundamental equations of physics.

  3. Science is increasingly answering questions that used to be the province of religion.

  4. Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.

  5. Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in.

  6. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.

  7. So long as the universe had a beginning, we could suppose it had a creator. But if the universe is really completely self-contained, having no boundary or edge, it would have neither beginning nor end: it would simply be. What place, then, for a creator?

  8. Some forms of motor neuron disease are genetically linked, but I have no indication that my kind is. No other member of my family has had it. But I would be in favour of abortion if there was a high risk.

  9. Some people would claim that things like love, joy and beauty belong to a different category from science and can’t be described in scientific terms, but I think they can now be explained by the theory of evolution.

  10. Some scientists think it may be possible to capture a wormhole and enlarge it many trillions of times to make it big enough for a human or even a spaceship to enter.

  11. Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales.

  12. Sometimes I wonder if I’m as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries.

  13. Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway.

  14. Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.

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