Stephen Hawking

Outlying since 1942

What Makes Stephen Hawking Exceptional?

Many consider Hawking to be successful in his work due to his perseverance through his crippling motor neuron disease that has restricted him to a wheel chair; however, Hawking is so much more than a man confined to robot voice, he is one of science marvels and a mind so full of knowledge that it perplexes the normal person to understand the ideas and theories he has proposed for decades.
Stephen Hawking was not raised in a large city, but rather St. Albans in England where in primary school he was lazy and did not feel a need to strive for excellence and be at the top, but later in his schooling years he grew a love for mathematics and was influenced and pushed by his father to pursue chemistry and math at Oxford, his Alma Mater. Hawking was a star student to Dennis Sciama, a found of modern cosmology, who pushed him to work and influenced many of Hawking's first ideas on black holes and the creation of the universe.
Hawking has written numerous books and is now the Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Stephen Hawking is referred to as the most famous scientist of this day and this is easily understandable based on his tremendous work in theoretical physics, cosmology, and so much more opening up new ideas about our universe and its beginning and possible end.

"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change"

Hawking's Intelligence

On the scale between IQ and practical intelligence, the IQ side weighs heavier for Stephen Hawking. Hawking is in a field of work where unlike Lawyers and Politicians there is not a need for persuasive language or the practical intelligence of knowing when and how to talk. Hawking studies math, physics, and cosmology, all subject where IQ intelligence is needed to be successful. For example, Hawking's thesis for his cosmology PhD was "Singularities and the Geometry of Space Time", where he formulated equations and theories that took genuine IQ intelligence to formulate and prove.

A Few Books by Stephen Hawking

Hawking's Challenges and Success

It is commonly known Stephen Hawking suffers from ASL, but his biggest challenge is figuring out the theory of everything. From the beginning of his studies, Hawking has been searching for a theory the explain the birth of our universe to the eventual death of it, and by doing so he has formulated many theories with his intelligence to come one step close to this ultimate theory and the biggest challenge to cosmologists everywhere.

Those who Helped Hawking

One of the first people to influence Stephen Hawking was his grade school teacher Dikran Tahta who inspired Hawking to pursue mathematics and go from third from the bottom in his class to the top. Since grade school, and because of that one teacher Hawking went to Oxford and did graduate work at Cambridge where he met professor Dennis Sciama. Sciama took a liking to Hawking and saw his potential in the field of cosmology and helped him by bringing him to lectures and other things that eventually got him his PhD and strengthened his quest for the theory of everything. Without these assistance's Stephen Hawking might of never made cosmological advances and breakthroughs and could of been living at home as he never excelled to be top of the class and find his true calling in life.

"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."

Cosmologists vs. Trancendentalism

Stephen Hawking does not share all the same values and beliefs, but he does share a common goal for a self search in the bigger universe. Hawking searches for where we all came from which is the universal ideology made transcendentalists valued and search for as well. However, Stephen Hawking does not share the divinity of nature which has a basis of religion, which Hawking has stated he is not religious in a normal way, as he believes the universe is governed by the laws of science in which a God could of created, but does not dare break. Both Hawking and Transcendentalists contain the common search for the bigger picture in life creating a small, but significant comparison between the two.

Malcom Gladwell's "Outliers"

Malcom Galdwell in chapters 3 and 4 of "Outliers" makes a strong point about how success influences intelligence, but intelligence does not influence success. A main example of this is Christopher Langan, representing the latter, and Lewis Terman's experiment, representing the former. Within these Gladwell can persuade the reader of his theories on intelligence as Christopher Langan has a bad upbringing and was kicked out of university where his formal education ended. Due to his lack of persistence he was not majorly successful from this, even though he has an IQ of between 195 and 210. While Terman's experiment tested 1500 kids across the nation with exceptionally high IQ's. These kids became known as "The Termites" they proved that since they were gifted they were given more opportunities in schooling allowing them to succeed, enhancing their intelligence in school, promoting more success after schooling.
I agree with Gladwell on some terms of intelligence as there is an IQ and practical knowledge, as every job requires one or the other. Along with success and intelligence, as I was a child who was always in advanced classes and so with that I have been given more opportunities than someone in remedial, as being in advanced allows a student more education opportunities and tests that benefit them into college. Gladwell makes many very important conclusions that outline the education system and beyond.
Stephen Hawking reflects the IQ intelligence (as stated earlier) and the success and intelligence, as not until he raised his grades in schooling was he given so many things to look forward to and help him succeed in the long run.
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