Sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik gives final touches to a sculpture in honour of British physicist and award-winning author Stephen Hawking at Puri beach, India, on March 14, 2018.
Hawking's brilliance and ability to poke fun at himself was rare in someone of his caliber and standing, and it's part of what has made him hugely popular with so many.
Hawking takes his place on the Holodeck along with Data, a stroppy Newton and Einstein.
Despite being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 1963, Hawking spent more than a half century continuing on with his work - even going so far as to use a computer to enable him to continue speaking to others after being paralyzed. It was written for general consumption and not reserved for those who were already bathed in the jargon of theoreticalphysics.
Hawking's work, as he put it, dealt with "the big question: Where did the universe come from?"
"Thank you Stephen Hawking", "Big BangTheory" actor Jim Parsons posted on Instagram, using a black-and-white version of the photo the show tweeted in memoriam.
His 1988 book "A Brief History of Time" was an international bestseller; "A Briefer History of Time", intended to be more accessible, followed in 2005.
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But Hawking didn't just make fundamental breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe. He was also a great ambassador of science-probably one of the most well-known scientists in the world.
In China, millions mourned "the falling of a giant star" and bid farewell to a man admired for stoically rising above physical disability and posting heartfelt messages to his Chinese fans on social media. "Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of space-time that defies measure".
In another episode the genius is trying to solve a corn maze.