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Old 03-14-2018, 07:45 AM   #1
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Stephen Hawking, Who Examined the Universe and Explained Black Holes, Dies at 76

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Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity, died early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.


His death was confirmed by a spokesman for Cambridge University.

“Not since Albert Einstein has a scientist so captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world,” Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York, said in an interview.

Dr. Hawking did that largely through his book “A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes,” published in 1988. It has sold more than 10 million copies and inspired a documentary film by Errol Morris. The 2014 film about his life, “The Theory of Everything,” was nominated for several Academy Awards and Eddie Redmayne, who played Dr. Hawking, won the Oscar for best actor.
Scientifically, Dr. Hawking will be best remembered for a discovery so strange that it might be expressed in the form of a Zen koan: When is a black hole not black? When it explodes.

What is equally amazing is that he had a career at all. As a graduate student in 1963, he learned he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neuromuscular wasting disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was given only a few years to live.

The disease reduced his bodily control to the flexing of a finger and voluntary eye movements but left his mental faculties untouched.

He went on to become his generation’s leader in exploring gravity and the properties of black holes, the bottomless gravitational pits so deep and dense that not even light can escape them.

That work led to a turning point in modern physics, playing itself out in the closing months of 1973 on the walls of his brain when Dr. Hawking set out to apply quantum theory, the weird laws that govern subatomic reality, to black holes. In a long and daunting calculation, Dr. Hawking discovered to his befuddlement that black holes — those mythological avatars of cosmic doom — were not really black at all. In fact, he found, they would eventually fizzle, leaking radiation and particles, and finally explode and disappear over the eons.
Nobody, including Dr. Hawking, believed it at first — that particles could be coming out of a black hole. “I wasn’t looking for them at all,” he recalled in an interview in 1978. “I merely tripped over them. I was rather annoyed.”


That calculation, in a thesis published in 1974 in the journal Nature under the title “Black Hole Explosions?,” is hailed by scientists as the first great landmark in the struggle to find a single theory of nature — to connect gravity and quantum mechanics, those warring descriptions of the large and the small, to explain a universe that seems stranger than anybody had thought.

The discovery of Hawking radiation, as it is known, turned black holes upside down. It transformed them from destroyers to creators — or at least to recyclers — and wrenched the dream of a final theory in a strange, new direction.

“You can ask what will happen to someone who jumps into a black hole,” Dr. Hawking said in an interview in 1978. “I certainly don’t think he will survive it.

“On the other hand,” he added, “if we send someone off to jump into a black hole, neither he nor his constituent atoms will come back, but his mass energy will come back. Maybe that applies to the whole universe.”

Dennis W. Sciama, a cosmologist and Dr. Hawking’s thesis adviser at Cambridge, called Hawking’s thesis in Nature “the most beautiful paper in the history of physics.”
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:19 AM   #2
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This is a great loss for the Baron, on many levels. SH has always been a hero to me, and I tried to meet him when I went to Cambridge a couple of years ago. I did not succeed, but I did get a picture of myself in front of his portrait in the dining hall at Cambridge University.

Stephen Hawking, amongst many, many other things, always reminds me that the human race can benefit mightily from even the most handicapped or unexpected of it's members. This is, aside from basic humanity, one of the greatest reasons why we must care for all those in need, unable to care for themselves, it's not just humane, it would be a great loss for the human race if we ever reached the point where we have only physically perfect beings, the argument against "eliminating disease and genetic defects". We would lose some of our greatest minds and creators in a "perfect society" of physically healthy beings.

Now, at last, after all these years, Stephen is free from his bodily prison.

15 Stephen Hawking Quotes That Will Change Your Life

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RIP Professor Hawking. Many will miss you, and I will certainly miss you.

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So he came to the conclusion there is no God or afterlife.
But memory eternal Mr. Hawking.

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You can't get to God through the brain. The mind is not an effective spiritual tool.

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One smart dude.

I often wonder, had he not suffered from a disease which left him no choice but to be wrapped up in his own mind, would his insights have been the same?

This gentleman did not waste his time on this orb.
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One smart dude.

I often wonder, had he not suffered from a disease which left him no choice but to be wrapped up in his own mind, would his insights have been the same?

This gentleman did not waste his time on this orb.
I wonder also, an interesting question that we will never know the answer.

I also wonder how many other brilliant minds went undiscovered because of their disease
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Stephen Hawking, amongst many, many other things, always reminds me that the human race can benefit mightily from even the most handicapped or unexpected of it's members. This is, aside from basic humanity, one of the greatest reasons why we must care for all those in need, unable to care for themselves, it's not just humane, it would be a great loss for the human race if we ever reached the point where we have only physically perfect beings, the argument against "eliminating disease and genetic defects". We would lose some of our greatest minds and creators in a "perfect society" of physically healthy beings.

Now, at last, after all these years, Stephen is free from his bodily prison.

15 Stephen Hawking Quotes That Will Change Your Life

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/15-s...131500136.html

RIP Professor Hawking. Many will miss you, and I will certainly miss you.

Years ago I was strolling through Pickering Wharf in Salem and Mr Hawking was having lunch on the patio at Victoria Station. I have a strict rule about not approaching celebrities when they are out going about their business (after observing Ray Bourque once try to watch his kids soccer game) so I just kind of mentioned to my wife who it was.
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I read that Hawking died on the day that Einstein was born and he was born on the day that Galileo died.
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The thing about Hawking is I always felt he was respectful toward people of faith which is sadly lacking today by the atheist community who have almost become militant. I believe Hawking considered himself an agnostic toward the end of his life as all of his years of study left him with some doubt about the divine. I can certainly respect his work and his position but what he accomplished as someone so physically disabled is remarkable. He has always reminded me of Joni Eareckson Tada who is a Christian who became a paraplegic as a teenager from a diving accident. She came to her faith after her accident. As I have said before, everyone is on their own path and everyone's life has value for all of us but some have the ability to inspire and that is rare and I am thankful for them.
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The thing about Hawking is I always felt he was respectful toward people of faith which is sadly lacking today by the atheist community who have almost become militant. I believe Hawking considered himself an agnostic toward the end of his life as all of his years of study left him with some doubt about the divine. I can certainly respect his work and his position but what he accomplished as someone so physically disabled is remarkable. He has always reminded me of Joni Eareckson Tada who is a Christian who became a paraplegic as a teenager from a diving accident. She came to her faith after her accident. As I have said before, everyone is on their own path and everyone's life has value for all of us but some have the ability to inspire and that is rare and I am thankful for them.
You got it wrong. I'm a man of spirituality, however I also recognize when people try to shove their views down peoples throats. That is why religion cannot not dictate U.S. Policy. The Far right wants to remove the separation of Church and state. This is why people of faith get attack relentlessly by the Atheist. Even most religious Democrats understand this...
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You got it wrong. I'm a man of spirituality, however I also recognize when people try to shove their views down peoples throats. That is why religion cannot not dictate U.S. Policy. The Far right wants to remove the separation of Church and state. This is why people of faith get attack relentlessly by the Atheist. Even most religious Democrats understand this...
Ugh. I was not talking about politics just everyday life. The far right is very far away from the actual gospel. And the militant atheists are angry at ALL people of faith simply for their belief in God.
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