My congratulations to the LIGO team on their discovery of gravitational waves. It is a result that is at least as important as the discovery of the Higgs Boson. It includes the first observation of gravitational waves, and of two black holes colliding and merging. With LIGO’s increased sensitivity, we can expect many more detections, all improving our knowledge about how the universe works.
These experimental observations are consistent with my theoretical work on black holes in the 1970s. As a theoretical physicist, I have spent my life contributing to our understanding of the universe. It is thrilling to see predictions I made over 40 years ago such as the black hole area and uniqueness theorems being observed within my lifetime. -SH
Altra grande giornata per la scienza! Sono state finalmente rilevate le “onde gravitazionali” che confermano ancora una volta la teoria della relatività di Einstein! Sono state scoperte grazie ai ricercatori dell’osservatorio LIGO e ci permetteranno di osservare l’universo non più soltanto attraverso lo studio della luce, ma anche da un punto di vista completamente nuovo che potrebbe permetterci di studiare oggetti come i buchi neri in maniera diretta. Esse sono delle increspature dello spazio-tempo che ogni corpo nell'universo genera in ogni istante e sono solitamente impercettibili, ma gli scienziati statunitensi sono riusciti ad intercettarle osservando le increspature generate da due buchi neri super-densi intenti in un processo di fusione. Se volete saperne di più allego degli articoli che potreste consultare. Dopo il “Pianeta Nove” l’anno “scientifico” si sta aprendo benissimo.
Not a year has gone past when
Stephen Hawking’s achievements, both in terms of science and popular culture, have not made global headlines. His work has revolutionized
theoretical physicis and cosmology, made him the Commander of the Order of the British Empire and earned the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, all while his body suffers from
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Here are some of his great thoughts and moments:
“Some people would claim that things like love, joy and beauty belong to a different category from science and can’t be described in scientific terms, but I think they can now be explained by the theory of evolution.”
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”
“It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven’t done badly. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”
“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”
I don’t know why no one is talking about this but fuck guys, Stephen Hawking has sent a specific video message to Louis, that’s so fucking beautiful, it’s so important for him to see this, I’m literally crying I’m not even gonna lie, I’m so proud of him it kinda hurts.
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.
Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most renowned
theoretical physicists has said that the likelihood of Earth facing a
man-made disaster was a “near certainty” within the next thousand to ten
If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.
“So remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes a universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” - Stephen Hawking