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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2018, 08:26:05 PM »
Very sad news, though I'm glad he managed to stay with us for so long.

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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2018, 09:21:37 PM »
Dammit... Had to happen of course, but this still hurts.

RIP, peer of Newton, Einstein & others...

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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2018, 09:26:19 PM »
RIP -- he lived a long, inspiring and productive life.

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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2018, 12:08:36 AM »
Dammit... Had to happen of course, but this still hurts.

RIP, peer of Newton, Einstein & others...
Let's not get carried away.
He wasn't even a Nobel Laureate although more famous than any living Laureate, I'd guess. Sure, he was a brilliant physicist but not game-changing like the ones you mention. There are dozens, probably hundreds of physicists and other scientists alive right now who are as brilliant or more and nobody outside their fields has ever heard of them. This is not to deny his amazing life and achievements although the former has long since been the source of his fame, not physics.
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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2018, 03:59:24 AM »
Cambridge University Website today.
I like the second image in particular.
He outlived all predictions.
RIP

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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2018, 04:37:04 AM »
A Brief History of Time was my first exposure to the concepts of time and space, and it made a lasting impression. Not only brilliant conceptually, but also brilliant for its approachability. I have a good friend who is a doctor of astrophysics who told me his early interest was formed there, too.

I admired him, beyond that, for his tremendous fortitude in the face of odds which would have crushed a lesser person. I doubt that 'disabled' was in his vocabulary!

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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2018, 06:31:01 AM »
Brilliant mind, honoured member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, miraculously naive about cosmography and world view.  :D
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2018, 06:42:48 AM »
Brilliant mind, honoured member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, miraculously naive about cosmography and world view.  :D
RIP
How interesting - I never knew that this meeting took place.
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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2018, 11:14:04 AM »
Let's not get carried away.
He wasn't even a Nobel Laureate although more famous than any living Laureate, I'd guess. Sure, he was a brilliant physicist but not game-changing like the ones you mention. There are dozens, probably hundreds of physicists and other scientists alive right now who are as brilliant or more and nobody outside their fields has ever heard of them. This is not to deny his amazing life and achievements although the former has long since been the source of his fame, not physics.

After a couple of days of better-than-average sleep ( four hours rather than two per day, which is what l had early this week ) and a little thought, I'll agree that l overstated Hawking's importance somewhat.

That being said, his ability to popularize science was significant, and his determination to transcend the challenges to his ability to communicate ( assisted by various people and organizations, it should be noted ) will serve as an inspiration for anyone similarly afflicted.

I wonder what he's thinking about now...

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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2018, 11:51:31 AM »

I wonder what he's thinking about now...

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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2018, 02:00:01 PM »


  Very sad news indeed. He was truly brilliant. He also had IMHO great taste in music.... he was an avid Wagnerian! 

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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2018, 05:00:07 PM »
In a small way, one can see this is good news that despite the severity of his handicap, he accomplished so much and will be studied for centuries to come.

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Re: Stephen Hawking
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2018, 07:39:07 PM »
I remember him appearing on a program some years ago where he was questioned regarding his musical preferences. If memory serves, his favorite classical work was the Mozart Requiem... an excerpt from which I'll be performing Sunday afternoon.

Now l can at least dedicate the performance to Professor Hawking, though l would prefer to do so for a different reason.

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