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Author:  Tricks [ Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:25 pm ]
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He just passed away at 76. I'm sad but also happy he got to live a far longer life than anyone would have expected.

Author:  Thanos [ Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:42 pm ]
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I won't pretend to understand any of what he conceived. Anything beyond basic physics was beyond my skills to learn. But what he did made him the Einstein of our generation. A great life lived and an equally great loss to all humanity.

Author:  BRAH [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:42 am ]
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He changed the World.

Author:  adamtaaffe [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:08 am ]
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RIP... :cry:

Author:  DrCaleb [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:14 am ]
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R=EM

He never did finish what he set out to do; which was find an equation that would define the Universe entirely.

He did uncover many things about it. Some of which actually apply to your life. For example, his work on Black Holes led to better touch screens for computers and tablets.

Author:  DrCaleb [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:11 am ]
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Author:  DrCaleb [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:15 am ]
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Author:  DrCaleb [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:27 am ]
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Just an FYI: Roger Penrose is also a huge name in the field of Physics, just not as much a household name as Hawking.


Quote:
'Mind over matter': Stephen Hawking – obituary by Roger Penrose

The image of Stephen Hawking – who has died aged 76 – in his motorised wheelchair, with head contorted slightly to one side and hands crossed over to work the controls, caught the public imagination, as a true symbol of the triumph of mind over matter. As with the Delphic oracle of ancient Greece, physical impairment seemed compensated by almost supernatural gifts, which allowed his mind to roam the universe freely, upon occasion enigmatically revealing some of its secrets hidden from ordinary mortal view.

Of course, such a romanticised image can represent but a partial truth. Those who knew Hawking would clearly appreciate the dominating presence of a real human being, with an enormous zest for life, great humour, and tremendous determination, yet with normal human weaknesses, as well as his more obvious strengths. It seems clear that he took great delight in his commonly perceived role as “the No 1 celebrity scientist”; huge audiences would attend his public lectures, perhaps not always just for scientific edification.

The scientific community might well form a more sober assessment. He was extremely highly regarded, in view of his many greatly impressive, sometimes revolutionary, contributions to the understanding of the physics and the geometry of the universe.

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https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... g-obituary

Author:  housewife [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:50 am ]
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RIP

Author:  BartSimpson [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:44 am ]
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DrCaleb wrote:
He never did finish what he set out to do; which was find an equation that would define the Universe entirely.


This only works if the universe is a sensible place. Which it is not.

Author:  Thanos [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:47 am ]
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Especially not on the microbe level that the human bacteria reside on. :|

Author:  DrCaleb [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:16 am ]
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BartSimpson wrote:
DrCaleb wrote:
He never did finish what he set out to do; which was find an equation that would define the Universe entirely.


This only works if the universe is a sensible place. Which it is not.


So far, it is a sensible place. Everything acts predictably, and in accordance with things we can observe and model mathematically.

Einstein had a famous quote in regard to quantum physics and it's lack of 'certainty' in favour of 'probability'; "God does not play dice with the Universe".

Hawking had the perfect rebuttal: "Einstein was wrong when he said, 'God does not play dice'. Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen."

Hawking just didn't have the time to find all the places where they could not be seen.

Author:  PluggyRug [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:33 am ]
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Great man...RIP :(

Author:  martin14 [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:43 am ]
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Fitting he dies on pi day.

RIP

Author:  Thanos [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:16 am ]
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Oddly enough it's also the 139th birthday today for Albert Einstein.

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