The celebrated theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has died at home in Cambridge the age of 76.
Hawking was widely regarded as one of the most intelligent people the world has ever known.
He provided us with complex but invaluable insights into many of the world’s uncertainties over the years, including questions about the universe, time, and humanity as a whole.
One recent message Hawking left us was on the subject of depression. Indeed, the cosmologist often talked about more emotional and practical matters (let’s not forget his stance on the NHS).
Tellingly, he compared depression to black holes: “The message of this lecture is that black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought.
“Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up – there’s a way out.”
Hawking said this in front of a crowd of 400 as part of 2016’s BBC Reith Lectures at the Royal Institute in London.