Legendary physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76 last month — but he left humanity one final warning before he took his last breath.
In Hawking’s final work, a research paper titled “A Smooth Exit From Eternal Inflation,” predicted the “end of the universe.” Eventually, Hawking explained, stars would run out of energy and the world as we know it would simply fade to darkness.
Well, that’s terrifying.
However, his final work covered so much more than that, according to CNBC:
The world-famous physicist, who died last Wednesday aged 76, was a co-author to a mathematical paper in which he sought to prove the so-called “multiverse” theory, according to a report by U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times. This theory imagines the existence of many separate universes other than our own.
Hawking’s final work — titled “A Smooth Exit From Eternal Inflation” — is being reviewed by a leading scientific journal. In it, he predicted how our universe would eventually fade to darkness as the stars run out of energy.
Alongside Professor Thomas Hertog of Belgium’s KU Leuven University, Hawking also proposed a way in which scientists might be able to find alternate universes by using probes on space ships. This would allow humans to attain a more accurate understanding of our own universe, decipher what else is out there and ultimately realize our place in the cosmos.
Hawking’s story is just as amazing as his work. He was was diagnosed with the rare motor neurone disease when he was 22 and was told by doctors he had just years to live. He outlived their diagnosis for nearly 50 years.
In a speech to Oxford University Union in 2016, Hawking offered students some very important advice on overcoming adversity.
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up,” he said.
Listen to Hawking explain himself how he overcame the devastating diagnosis:
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