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Death of a genius

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  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Death of a genius
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 4:04 AM

This morning we have woken to the news that Stephen Hawking has passed aware in the night at his home in Cambridge aged 76. Despite being diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged just 21 and being expected to not live more than a couple of years, he not only lived for another 55 years but came up with ideas and theories that i could not even begin to comprehend.

Not only did he appear on the Simpsons, Star Trek, Big Bang Theory and Futurama, but his fame meant he was used as an example by Investor's Business Daily as to why a goverment funded health service is a bad idea.

As Homer might say

He died on March 14th, which just happens to not only be Pi day, but also Albert Einsteins birthday.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''


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Posted by damouav on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:32 AM

A great loss to the scientific community and the population at large.

Another brilliant mind lost to the annals of time, but not forgotten.

May he lie in peace.

Thank you Bish.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 8:58 AM

Just read it in the paper.  A great loss indeed.  He spoke at our lab one time.  Great man!


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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:16 AM

I did stuggle through most of his books, some more than once. He did live decades longer than expected and accomplished much. He did lead a full life despite his handicaps.


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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:52 AM

A man and mind for the ages.

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Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:06 AM

He was recently featured on a Star Talk episode, and when asked his favorite equation, he replied the equation he developed to explain entropy of black holes.  Just saw an article that he wanted this equation on his tombstone.  I don't understand the equation, but the (VERY) dumbed down explanation is that it describes the leaking of energy from black holes, such that over an extremely long time (more time than my mere brain can fathom), a black hole will completely dissipate.

A great loss of a truly astounding man and mind.

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:59 AM

That is upsetting news.

I admired him deeply and always will.

Guess I'd rather hear it from you than the news, Bish.


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Posted by WillysMB on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:41 AM

What a massive loss to the world. One will always wonder what he could have contributed to science had he lived longer and not dealt with his issues.

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Posted by PatW on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:55 AM

Yes what a man! He proved that we can do anything we set our minds to! We are close the Oxford where he took his initial degree.

Remember , common sense is not common.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 12:47 PM

Kind of fitting, though very sad, that he passed on "Pi" Day.


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