Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity's deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.
("A Brief History of Time")
More Quotes from Stephen Hawking:One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
If we find the answer the unified theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for we would know the mind of God.
The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
The old paradox Can God make a stone so heavy that he cant lift it
What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.
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