This week marked the passing of one of humanity’s greatest minds, Stephen Hawking. His breakthroughs in theoretical physics gave us not only a much greater understanding of our universe, but of our very existence as well. The fact that he did so with the physical burden of ALS is all the more amazing. For one man to have shown the persistence and bravery to deal with ALS, AND reach the highest levels of intellectual curiosity at the same time is unbelievable.
I feel it only right to address one more thing Professor Hawking did for us all. He inspired young scientists like Lauren. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED. As Isaac Newton so famously said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. Professor Hawking stood on Newton’s and Einstein’s and countless other great scientist’s shoulders. The time has now come for young scientists like Lauren to stand on his. Every day the need for intellectually curious young people to step up and fill the void becomes more and more obvious. Without minds like Stephen Hawking and those who came before him we would still be living in caves. Without minds like Lauren’s and the others who come after Professor Hawking, we will go back to living in caves.
Sadly, it’s time to say good-by to Professor Hawking. Happily it’s time to say hello to young minds like Lauren.
Where will LaCost show up next.