Story Of A Great Mind
Stephen Hawking once wrote that due to his affliction by ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, only “up to 1974, I was able to feed myself, and get in and out of bed.” At this time Hawking was a young adult, but this did not deter him from working toward a bright future. Born on January 8th, 1942 in Oxford England, Hawking was a bright, yet clumsy child. After moving all the way to St. Albans near London at eight years of age, Hawking graduated from his local elementary school, junior high, high school, and eventually the local four-year college, only barely able to snatch a first class honors in physics . He went on to be accepted by Cambridge University, receiving his doctorate in1966. He continued to research there, and was eventually appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a title once held by Sir Isaac Newton, which he held from 1979 till 2009. Certainly this hard work merits recognition and praise, but heroes are not only made of their personal success. All heroes must possess a strong influence upon others to be able to spread the word of their great works or philosophies. Without influence, heroes’ efforts would be as short-lived as themselves. Heroes also require a strong will or perseverance to guide them through the adversities created by this world and others. Thus, Professor Stephen Hawking deserves the designation of “Hero” for his great influence that he uses to educate and inspire the world and for the sheer amounts of will power and perseverance he continually demonstrates.
Professor Hawking is a hero because he has become one of the most credible, influential scientific minds in the world. He may be most respected for his findings and research which we can only begin to comprehend; one example being when the professor successfully “worked to combine quantum mechanics and gravity into a single unified theory.” Having bested even Einstein, the name synonymous to physical science, by calculating and reasoning the connection between the forces that apply in both miniscule and gargantuan interactions, Professor Hawking stands as a strong authority in the field of theoretical physics. Also, since the subjects of Professor Hawking’s research are too distant, massive, or infinitesimal to physically study or demonstrate, he can use only his mind to come up with these ideas and support them far beyond any reasonable doubt, giving him a steadfast toehold in the ever changing world of science. To spread these astounding ideas, Hawking has gained a large following by writing three international best-selling books and having received “numerous prestigious awards, including the Royal Society’s Copley Medal, the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and the American Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
The book Life and times of Stephen Hawking is an unbeatable person’s biography in an engaging manner. It sketches a candid portrait of this one of a kind personality giving insight into his personal and professional life. In a very lucid manner, the book explains the complex and confusing world of science that Hawking as a scientist has traversed through his life. Thus it is comprehensible to even a common man. In a nutshell, this is an inspiring book which will help the reader know one of the greatest minds the present age.
By Nilabh Krishna