The Sun Sets On Stephen Hawking

Sunset Start

Job 32:9 “Great men are not always wise

Stephen Hawking's sunset

Stephen Hawking was an exception to this rule, I believe.

Purplish pink sky

Is real math wise, or is it simply right all the time?

Orange eyes

Truth is — being true to yourself does not equate to being right.

The colors of the wind

Left with nothing to show for its day, a black hole remains hungry.

Stephen Hawking

Like Charles Darwin before him, Stephen Hawking didn’t believe

Stephen Hawking II

a God was necessary in the story of how we came to be,

how it all got started, or how it all will end.

If you find that hard to stomach,

you’re in good company.

Uncle Tree

Β β–Ό

In memory of the remarkable Stephen Hawking

January 8, 1942 to March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking

Photograph from Wikimedia CommonsΒ 


41 thoughts on “The Sun Sets On Stephen Hawking

  1. I find that truly insightful and inspiring, in ways I can’t easily explain. It is perfect possible to believe Stephen was a great man without being correct on the fundamental question.

  2. Thank you, Martin! Born and raised a Southern Baptist, I’ve had a difficult experience with the distance between science and religion. Back in the day, as a young, but adult tree, I read many a book for free, thanks to our library facilities. In 2001, I read “The Universe In A Nutshell”, by Sir Hawking. Truth be told, I ended up loving that atheist, like Jesus might have. Shame on me…whatever.

    I just learned — the day Stephen passed
    to quantum-sized peace, March 14th, was Albert Einstein’s birthday, and the national holiday of Pi. Are you kidding me?

    Totally right, appropriate and correct. Math rules! πŸ˜‰ Peace, UT

  3. Stellar pictures Uncle Tree – words as well. Stephen Hawking was born on the anniversary of Galileo’s death as well. Heard that factoid as well as the Pi and Einstein fact from our local meteorologist the day that Stephen Hawking died.

  4. Thank you kindly, Linda! I always have something to say. Glad you liked.
    Well! They say there is no God, but the numbers don’t lie. πŸ˜‰
    Coincidences are bound to happen. If we wish to attribute meaning to such things,
    well, we may damn well exercise the right to do so, imo.

  5. You got it Uncle Tree. Stephen Hawking was a genius but putting forth that theory that there is no God was not the thinking of a brilliant man. My opinion is the same as yours.

  6. Aldous Huxley is one of my favorite authors.
    His grandfather, a scientist, coined the term “agnostic”.
    When something cannot be proven either way,
    I think a “wait and see” attitude is a more benevolent position for a scientist to take.

    For my part, the atheists I’ve been acquainted with seem to have a chip on their shoulder.
    On the other hand, I can’t blame Stephen for not thinking highly of our Creator.

    Blaming karma is another fallback reconciliation.
    A “blessing in disguise” defines the most hopeful approach to fateful situation.

  7. I think that is Stephen Hawking may be associating his condition with a lack of a God, although I thought I read in the retrospectives of his life after his passing that he had a positive outlook on life, despite his lot in life, after an initial despondency.

    My father claimed to be an agnostic, though he had a church upbringing as a youngster. He had an axe to grind or a chip on his shoulder 99% of the time, so he would fit the M.O.

  8. Honestly never knew much about him other than legendary genius, and references on sitcoms….so thank you for the illuminating respectful tribute as needed.

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  11. I love your blog ,amazing photography (I am a photographer too),I am going to take a good look round at some more of your posts ,my brother who is an astro physicist was lucky enough to meet Professor Hawking.I believe he will carry on his work in the other world.

  12. Those of us who don’t find it hard to stomach are in good company as well … πŸ˜‰ Hawking was a great man and we will miss his thoughtful insights very much. I’m afraid of AI taking us over too!!
    peace, Steve

  13. Peace to you, too, Steve. πŸ™‚ I try not to take sides.
    I’d rather straddle both sides of the road, or at least, be a bridge between science and religion.
    There will always be conservatives and liberals, and always a need for mediation.

    The day AI gains human rights and citizenship, will be a day when I won’t be here to congratulate them, or their Maker(s). πŸ˜‰ Cheerz, UT

  14. He Died? God, death is everywhere ,on everybody’s shoulder ,i am not wise like he was but close πŸ˜‰ ok this is not time to smile but i have right now many tears in eyes since many days so i can’t be more sad ,life is like sinusoide now i am on bottom ,bless my older brother

  15. Well, at least you can joke about life’s trials and tribulations, Em.
    And, it is absolutely alright to smile. I can see Stephen now on Cloud Nine, arguing with Moses, who holds the stone truth. πŸ˜‰

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