By: Antonio Juan Benítez Rojas
Not long ago, my knowledge of Stephen Hawking was limited to the fact that he was an exceptional scientist with a physical condition that prevented him from moving. Then, after the series The Big Bang Theory , I knew that he communicated with a voice synthesizer, which was jokingly emulated by the character Howard Wolowitz (played by actor Simon Helberg ), in the first chapter of the series, Hawking appeared in several episodes of this sitcom and after he died, was honored by the actors of it.
Later, I had the opportunity to watch on Netflix The Theory of Everything, a film about Hawking’s biography. Two things struck me about this film: 1. The performance of the protagonists; it was simply impeccable (especially Felicity Jones’); and 2. The moral. Stephen Hawking was an example in which the intention to reach a goal is above any consideration, even in the case of suffering a health condition as serious as the one suffered by the now deceased physicist: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
After Hawking’s death – as often happens with the departure of celebrities in general, I had that feeling that «one of the great ones» was gone, even though I did not know much about him. So I decided to investigate a little about his theories and then decided to write in his honor a different type of article, to reduce sadness and give this genius a farewell the proper way: with joy. Therefore, below you’ll be able to read some of the phrases that reveal this physicist’s funny side.
Nine funny phrases by Stephen Hawking
“There may be an infinite number of universes, but none in which John Oliver dates Charlize Theron.”
“Eternity is a long time, especially towards the end.”
“If I had to choose a superhero to be, I would pick Superman. He’s everything that I’m not.”
“God not only plays dice, he throws them in the corner where you can’t see them.”
«If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.»
(On the «Eureka Moment» of a scientific discovery) “I wouldn’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer.”
«I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.»
(On his I.Q.) «I have no idea. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.»
(On women) “They are a complete mystery.”