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Isaac Newton was not a pleasant man.

Stephen Hawking, A Briefer History of Time

Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.

Albert Einstein

A lot of prizes have been awarded for showing that the universe is not as simple as we might have thought!

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

There could be whole antiworlds and antipeople made out of antiparticles. However, if you meet your antiself, don’t shake hands! You would both vanish in a great flash of light.

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

He [Wolfgang Pauli] was the archetypal theoretical physicist: it was said of him that even his presence in the same town would make experiments go wrong!

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

The story that Newton was inspired by an apple hitting his head is almost certainly apocryphal. All Newton himself ever said was that the idea of gravity came to him as he sat “in a contemplative mood” and “was occasioned by the fall of an apple”.

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

God abhors a naked singularity.

Stephen King, A Brief History of Time

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever, ” said the old lady. “But it turtles all the way down!”

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

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