It would be hard to find a geek who doesn’t recognize the world-famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who turns 70 today, or his equally famous voice.
Despite being stricken with the neurogenerative disease ALS at age 21, Hawking has continued to do groundbreaking work in quantum gravity, cosmology, and black hole research as well as written iconic popular science books such as A Brief History of Time.
Being forced to use a speech synthesizer — as Hawking has since 1986 due to complications from his disease — would have left hindered most peoples’ ability to communicate. But somehow the computerized voice, and the length of time it takes him to type in his thoughts, lends even more weight to Hawking’s words. Below, we have collected audio of some of his best quotes on topics such as physics, space travel, and the meaning of life, all spoken in his iconic digital voice.
If you’d like to hear more about Hawking, tune in to the live webcast of the University of Cambridge’s special symposium beginning at in honor of his birthday featuring physicists such as Hawking’s close friend Kip Thorne and Nobel laureate Saul Perlmutter at 8 a.m. EST.
“Observations indicate that the universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate. It will expand forever, getting emptier and darker. Although the universe doesn’t have an end, it had a beginning in the Big Bang. One might ask what is before that but the answer is that there is nowhere before the Big Bang just as there is nowhere south of the South Pole.” — Stephen Hawking —Video Q&A with Time magazine in 2010
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