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Old 14 March 2018, 05:16 AM
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Icon06 Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, his family has said.

The British theoretical physicist was known for his groundbreaking work with black holes and relativity, and was the author of several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43396008#
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Old 14 March 2018, 05:20 AM
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Wow, another legend has passed.

I actually got to attend a live lecture of his about Brane Theory back in 2002.
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Old 14 March 2018, 09:08 AM
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They just did that story on the news here. Apparently he wasn't supposed to live much past his 20's. It still made me feel sad when I heard it.
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Old 14 March 2018, 12:18 PM
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This was the first thing I heard upon waking up this morning. Glad he was able to accomplish so much in his life, but the news is still heartbreaking.

76 seems too young these days.
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Old 14 March 2018, 02:44 PM
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We are having a science festival here in Brisbane next week. I was just online looking to see if there was anything I wanted to go to. I wonder if they will do anything for him.
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Old 14 March 2018, 03:14 PM
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I liked his popular science books. R.I.P.
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Old 14 March 2018, 04:55 PM
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Is it evil that I wondered what his last words were?
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Old 14 March 2018, 05:09 PM
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Now I'm wondering if his voice synthesizer stored his last words in some sort of cache.
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Old 14 March 2018, 05:35 PM
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I enjoyed A Brief History of Time, which I read. Hawking apparently said it was often bought, but not read. I was trying to find out more about his ALS, apparently when young people get the variant which he had, they can live much longer.
I think he will be remembered not just for his science, but also for his life. He wasn't very big on his life with significant disabilities, but I think his example is a reminder that disability describes differences, not limits. RIP Dr.Hawking, not that you believed in an afterlife.

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Old 14 March 2018, 06:05 PM
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Apparently he wasn't supposed to live much past his 20's.
That's the average for someone in the UK's horrible health care system. Luckily, he didn't have to put up with that.
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I enjoyed A Brief History of Time, which I read. Hawking apparently said it was often bought, but not read.
I remember a friend trying to read it when we were at Uni. She was struggling with it. Granted we were studying biology not physics but if someone studying science at a university level was struggling with I would imagine the average person would have trouble.
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Old 15 March 2018, 04:43 AM
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I read it in high school without studying, and physics has always been my worst science.
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Old 15 March 2018, 05:48 AM
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I read it when I was in high school, but I can’t say I really understood it.
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I read it when it came out - I was around 30. I haven't read it since, but I don't remember it being incredibly difficult overall, just in some parts. Then again, I did have a passing fascination with subatomic physics and cosmology at the time. I particularly remember his point that the question "What happened before the big bang?" was truly meaningless. He had charts and everything to prove it!

The one story I loved about the man concerns his cameo (as a holographic recreation of himself) on Star Trek: The Next Generation. While visiting the set, he became quite excited on the bridge, and when he calmed down a bit, he explained that he was getting very fanboy, and asked if he could sit in the captain's chair. As someone who did sit in said chair in the (recreated) bridge when it was at the Las Vegas Hilton, I kind of know how he felt.
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Thank you for sharing that. I think I know how he felt, too.
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Some artist friends of mine create the blown glass Saturns for an award the Planetary Society gives. Steven Hawking received one of the awards, and when a museum put on a display of things that meant a lot to him, that award was included. Blog post here.

I do wish he'd been nicer to the women in his life, though I suppose that just goes to show he was human, after all.

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Wait, he wasn't just a character the Simpson's made up?




It's a sad, dark day when a legend like that man passes. but at least he passed on a day where everyone could seek comfort in pi.

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Wait, he wasn't just a character the Simpson's made up?
Homer: "Larry Flynt is right!"

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It's a sad, dark day when a legend like that man passes. but at least he passed on a day where everyone could seek comfort in pi.
I made a chocolate pie for pi day, but by the time it cooled we were too tired and went to bed. My wife, speaking in a relativistic way that makes me think of things I leaned from Hawking, said we could eat it the next day because it's always pi day somewhere.
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Pi never ends, therefor Pi Day can never end.
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Pi never ends...
Does that also apply to cake? Do you have any diplomatic experience? If so, and you know how to make endless cake, I believe there are positions available as a negotiator for a medium-sized nation with a top economy and lots of world power at the moment. Apply to DExEU, Whitehall, UK. I doubt your nationality matters as long as you're not European.
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