The news of Stephen Hawking's death last week rocked the world. The world-renowned theoretical physicist died at his home in Cambridge, England at the age of 76.
It suddenly dawned on us that we lost one of the greatest scientific minds of the last century.
In the midst of mourning, we celebrated the mastermind by remembering his life and accomplishments.
At the age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS, a motor neuron disease that gradually paralyzes the body.
He was willing to live in pain, confined to a wheelchair, only able to communicate through a speech-generating device for more than 50 years if it meant that he would be able to change the world with his theories.
And that's just what he did. Hawking's search to find the "theory of everything" inspired millions of people around the world.
His fascinating life inspired the 2014 biopic The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne.
Those of us who went back and listened to Hawking's speeches after he passed discovered a startling predication he made not too long before he died.
Whether it was fate or coincidence, we shouldn't throw caution to the wind...