As many are undoubtedly aware or becoming aware, Stephen Hawking has died.
I sit here trying to find the words to talk about the man, his work, anything really. It seems like something has to be said. Something deserves to be said. And undoubtedly people who knew him will say many things. And people who didn’t know him but knew his work will say many others. And people who knew neither will express sadness because that’s what we do when famous important people die.
And certainly Hawking was both famous and important. A rare combination of both a brilliant intellect that advanced human knowledge and understanding as well as a public personality that brought that knowledge to the masses.
The world seems a little dimmer for having lost a star that shown so brightly. Yet the sky is still full of stars. We will shine on.