Why Stephen Hawking Is Eminently Relatable

To Lucy, Robert, and Tim — your dad was quite an influence.

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1) When I could relate as a fellow parent

A question on time travel is a given certainty for any theoretical physicist. Especially someone known for his contributions to the fields of general relativity. In his case, the question was tangentially different in a NY Times , 2011 interview, “what moment in your life you would like to return to?”

2) When I could imagine his schooling years playing in my head

From his 2013 book, My Brief History:

3) When he showed up playing poker with Einstein, Newton and Data.

In ‘my’ popular culture — the opening scene from the Star Trek episode: “Descent, Part 1.”

4) When he shared this advice for his children in response to Diane Sawyer’s question in ABC’s “World News Tonight”

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”

5) When WSJ mentioned his ‘striking physical challenges’ in his obituary, I remembered this striking quote.

It is my favorite of his. Ounces of radiance about positive energy.

6) When he magnetized me with messages delivered with British, dry wit humor

1. You have to love the way he connected things to ground reality - “I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

7) Best for last.

“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny” — Stephen Hawking.

I laughed out loud when he explained “what is a black hole?” to the science channel. Did not see it coming.

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