He asked poignantly in A Brief History of Time, “What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?”
Neither the Earth nor the human race is allowably described as unusual, because that could suggest (shudder) intelligent design.
A universe from nothing, for materialists, may be the single largest problem, among a variety of others.
The time for eulogies is now, but that time will pass.
Recently, there was the increasing sense that he was being exploited by the media for his brilliant reputation.