Love and Science

“It is clear that we are just an advanced breed of primates on a minor planet orbiting around a very average star, in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. BUT, ever since the dawn of civilization people have craved for an understanding of the underlying order of the world.

There ought to be something very special about the boundary conditions of the universe. And what can be more special than that there is no boundary? And there should be no boundary to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there is life, there is hope.”
— Stephen Hawking

For a living person to have a biopic made on their life is a credit to their contribution in their respective field. Stephen Hawking’s life was rightly immortalized in this biographical film showcasing his journey. It is further evidence supporting the notion that people would love to have more cinema that covers interesting topics and perspectives instead of the same tired old scripts. There is a sense of excitement and satisfaction to see the lives of the greats on the big screen.

Stephen Hawking was superbly played by the forever young ,Eddie Redmayne, and was brilliantly supported by Felicity Jones, who played Steve’s first wife. In many ways, it was just as interesting to see the contribution of the woman behind the man as it was to watch how Hawking overcame adversity in his quest to further the boundaries of science. It is quite evident that without Jane Hawking, the world might never have received Hawking’s contribution.

It is fantastic that scientists are finally getting recognized by mainstream channels. The more the public know about them, the more likely we are to move further towards the scientific method and get more people interested in the sciences. Every effort that increases knowledge and gets people interested in science is a step in the right direction. Hopefully soon, other greats such as Richard Feynman and Carl Sagan will get their own films showcasing their life.