The world got a little “dumber” as one of its most brilliant minds, Stephen Hawking, died yesterday in his home in Cambridge.
The British scientist came into fame for his popular science book, A Brief History In Time along with other published works and contributions to theoretical physics, among which is his mathematical applications of black holes in the universe, showing a region in spacetime where the big bang theory lay.
Drawing on quantum theory, Hawking proposed that black holes emit heat and eventually explode and disappear from the universe.
At age 21, Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS (remember the ice bucket challenge for ALS patients?), which is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain nerve cells and spinal cord, gradually paralyzing the muscles of the body and eventually leading to death.
Hawking was told he would only have 2 years to live.
However, much like his work in theoretical physics, Hawking exceeded expectations by a million light years away, succumbing to the disease at the ripe age of 76.
In 2014, his life and love story was translated into the big screen through the film, The Theory of Everything, which won actor Eddie Redmayne his first Oscar Award.
“Sometimes I though he was me,” Hawking previously said of Redmayne playing his role in the film.
Following news of his death, Redmayne paid tribute to the brilliant scientist.
“We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet,” Redmayne said in a press statement. “My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.”
Tributes for Hawking also poured out in the internet.
RIP Stephen Hawking.
(Beautiful piece from Melbourne artist Mitchell Toy) pic.twitter.com/Rjvh5RKbLx
— NO! GOP! NO! (@NoGOPNo) March 15, 2018
We will never forget Stephen Hawking or his words that continue to inspire us in 2018 and beyond. pic.twitter.com/NlEk3rwgYB
— Jeff Merkley (@JeffMerkley) March 15, 2018
You can’t help but feel good when people call you a genius… and then you learn about Stephen Hawking.
He talked about the black hole and now he left us with a big one.
“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”
— Michael V. GMA 🇵🇭 (@michaelbitoygma) March 15, 2018
Rip Stephen Hawking. This mans knowledge will surpass all of our lives. Truly an iconic being. So sad. Thoughts and prayers for him.
— Tony Oller (@FollowOller) March 15, 2018
The world got a little dumber today. #RIPStephenHawking
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) March 14, 2018
Have fun up there with the stars, Stephen!