I have a copy of a Brief History of Time on my shelf. I remember reading it. The first half of it is straightforward history and the concepts early astronomers were dealing with seem almost banal compared to the second half of the book and the far more complex discoveries about how matter works on the cosmic scale, and is influenced coming and going on the atomic scale.
I loved listening to Richard Feynman and Carl Sagan and enjoyed their sense of humour as well as their ability to explain the difficult and to admit openly what they did not know. Scientists who are committed to thinking are often a joy to listen to and I wish the whole human race shared their love of being and finding out.
Many years ago I read a prayer written by a Victorian who said if god offered all knowledge with one hand and ignorance with the other he would choose ignorance because knowing everything only belonged to god. As a 17 year old I couldn’t believe anyone would turn down knowing everything. I still wouldn’t. But all the greatest minds know, in their wisdom, that after finding things out, comes; ‘what do we do with this knowledge?’ The sadness for us is, that is where money takes over and mind is lost.