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    Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist, dies at 76

    Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British theoretical physicist who overcame a debilitating disease to publish wildly popular books probing the mysteries of the universe, has died, according to a family spokesman. He was 76.

    Considered by many to be the world's greatest living scientist, Hawking was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of numerous books including the landmark "A Brief History of Time," which has sold more than 10 million copies.

    With fellow physicist Roger Penrose, Hawking merged Einstein's theory of relativity with quantum theory to suggest that space and time would begin with the Big Bang and end in black holes. Hawking also discovered that black holes are not completely black but emit radiation and will likely eventually evaporate and disappear.

    Hawking suffered from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a neurodegenerative disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, which is usually fatal within a few years. He was diagnosed in 1963, when he was 21, and doctors initially only gave him a few years to live.

    The disease left Hawking wheelchair-bound and paralyzed. He was able to move only a few fingers on one hand and was completely dependent on others or on technology for virtually everything -- bathing, dressing, eating, even speech.

    Hawking used a speech synthesizer that allowed him to speak in a computerized voice with an American accent.

    "I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many," he wrote on his website.

    "I have been lucky that my condition has progressed more slowly than is often the case. But it shows that one need not lose hope."

    Hawking was married twice. He and his first wife, Jane Wilde, wed when he was still a grad student and remained together for 30 years before divorcing in 1995. Hawking was later married for 11 years to Elaine mason, one of his former nurses.

    Hawking was born in Oxford, England, on what turned out to be an auspicious date: January 8, 1942 -- the 300th anniversary of the death of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei.

    In an exclusive interview with CNN in October 2008, Hawking said that if humans can survive the next 200 years and learn to live in space, then our future will be bright.

    "I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space," Hawking told CNN's Becky Anderson.

    "It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next 100 years, let alone next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet. Let's hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load."

    At Cambridge, he held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics -- the prestigious post held from 1669 to 1702 by Sir Isaac Newton, widely considered one of the greatest scientists in modern history.

    Yet Hawking once said if he had the chance to meet Newton or Marilyn Monroe, he would opt for the movie star.

    Hawking became a hero to math and science geeks and pop culture figure, guest-starring as himself on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "The Simpsons."

    He had at least 12 honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. A CBE, or Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is considered a major honor for a British citizen and is one rank below knighthood.

    Despite being a British citizen he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the US's highest civilian honor, in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

    In September 2016 Hawking joined 375 "concerned" scientists in penning an open letter criticizing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, citing the threat of climate change and blasting his push for the US to leave the Paris Accord.

    Hawking leaves behind three children and three grandchildren, according to his website.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/14/h...ead/index.html
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    RIP Stephen Hawking - so sorry to hear this.

    Was an inspiration for many scientists and academics and his legacy will forever remain. One of the greatest scientists to have ever lived alongside Einstein, Newton and Galileo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msb314 View Post
    RIP Stephen Hawking - so sorry to hear this.

    Was an inspiration for many scientists and academics and his legacy will forever remain. One of the greatest scientists to have ever lived alongside Einstein, Newton and Galileo.
    Certainly the most iconic physicist since Einstein.
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    Stephen Hawking dies at 76

    Renowned British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking died today. He was 76.

    Hawking had a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig's disease, that gradually paralysed him over the decades. The diagnosis of his disease came when Hawking was 21 years old, in 1963.

    The theoretical physicist had thirteen honorary degrees, says a biography on his web site. He was awarded the CBE (1982), Companion of Honour (1989) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009). He was also the recipient of many awards, medals and prizes, most notably the Fundamental Physics prize (2013), Copley Medal (2006) and the Wolf Foundation prize (1988). He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

    Hawking's many publications include The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime with G F R Ellis, General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey, with W Israel, and 300 Years of Gravitation, with W Israel. Among the popular books Hawking wrote are his best seller A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Grand Design and My Brief History.

    The theoretical physicist was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. He attended University College, Ocford, where he studied physics, despite his father's urging to focus on medicine. He wanted to study mathematics but it wasn't available at University College.

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    A legend of popular science who had a great innings. He will be missed.

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    The second best scientist after Einstein. What a giant. He will be missed by science lovers.

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    Had the pleasure of listening to him (virtually, he was there via hologram) a couple of years back. To date this is one of the best moments of my life.

    His book ‘A Brief History in Time’ is an absolute must for anyone intrigued in physics, how the world began etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketCartoons View Post
    The second best scientist after Einstein. What a giant. He will be missed by science lovers.
    He was nowhere close. I know just because he's dead people are getting overtly sentimental but let's be honest his chief contribution was to spread the knowledge of cosmology to layman.
    Likes of Richard Feynman etc had a far greater impact.


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    He is an inspiration for anyone with ALS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TM Riddle View Post
    He was nowhere close. I know just because he's dead people are getting overtly sentimental but let's be honest his chief contribution was to spread the knowledge of cosmology to layman.
    Likes of Richard Feynman etc had a far greater impact.
    Unfortunately his theory of black hole radiation and other cosmological events remain on paper. No way to prove them till now. Jewish lobby must be sad that he could not get Nobel Prize.

    Feynman was great but I think he was good at marketing too :-)

    There were also people like Hans Bethe and Murray Gell Mann who were equally great and who were contemporaries of Feynman

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    Quote Originally Posted by karthikc View Post
    Unfortunately his theory of black hole radiation and other cosmological events remain on paper. No way to prove them till now. Jewish lobby must be sad that he could not get Nobel Prize.

    Feynman was great but I think he was good at marketing too :-)

    There were also people like Hans Bethe and Murray Gell Mann who were equally great and who were contemporaries of Feynman
    More than marketing , Feynman made learning Physics popular among masses long before Hawking did it before the advent of age of internet. Even if we talk of Hawking's contemporaries , likes of Kip Thorne are comfortably ahead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TM Riddle View Post
    More than marketing , Feynman made learning Physics popular among masses long before Hawking did it before the advent of age of internet. Even if we talk of Hawking's contemporaries , likes of Kip Thorne are comfortably ahead.
    But Hawking had ALS which certainly affected his output. So cant directly compare

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    Quote Originally Posted by karthikc View Post
    But Hawking had ALS which certainly affected his output. So cant directly compare
    Yeah that definitely was praiseworthy. The way he overcame all the odds was astonishing and thus deserved all accolades that come his way.


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    One of the finest human minds of the late 20th century. His ability to achieve so much even with a disability is testament to the fact that hard work beats all else.

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    RIP.

    His theory of everything, where the universe evolves on a fixed set of laws, and understating said laws, would give us an insight to the mind of God, was most popular, within the science community.

    However the reality is he was more famous for his synthesised voice.

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    RIP to the legend. He will be missed.


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    Guys, this thread is for paying respects and having respectable discussions only. Please don't make rude comments about Stephen Hawking/other posters here (or anywhere for that matter!)

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    “... if we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God.”

    ― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

    "This complete set of laws can give us the answers to questions like how did the universe begin," he said. "Where is it going and will it have an end? If so, how will it end? If we find the answers to these questions, we really shall know the mind of God."


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    RIP, his contributions to science will live forever and he remains an inspiration to all of us and not just scientists. Beyond his intellectual prowess he displayed incredible mental fortitude, the man was unique on so many levels and he has left a huge vaccum in our world. Thoughts with his family.
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    Here's is an amazing fact:

    Galileo Galilei

    Born : 15 February 1564
    Died : 8 January 1642

    Albert Einstein

    Born : 14 March 1879
    Died : Died: 18 April 1955

    Stephen Hawking

    Born: 8 January 1942
    Died: 14 March 2018

    Stephen Hawking was born on the same day as Galileo died, and died on the same day as Einstein was born!

    Subhan-allah!

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    May his soul rest in peace.

    He was an inspiration to scientist around the world.

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    Great man. Not only a one of the greatest scientist of 20th century but an inspiration to many people.


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    Einstein also died at 76. R.I.P.

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    RIP. He showed the world that the barriers we put on ourselves are only mental and you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

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    RIP. A brilliant man. Apart his work he also was a great supporter of Palestinians and supported the BDS movement. He also called for peace in Syria and other conflicts.


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    Most amazing thing about S Hawking was that he had nothing to look up to as far as material life is concerned. He knew, no matter how rich he gets, he will never be able to enjoy basis pleasures of life, eating, drinking, walking, having sex, having vacation etc. He was also an Atheist, who knew better than all of us, that there is no after life or anything beyond this life to look forward too, where you maybe rewarded for your misfortunes...

    He had only one organ working, Imagination and thinking are the only things he could do, fortunately he enjoyed doing that, he made the most of what he could do. Most people would get depressed and die under such limited circumstances. His story is one of the most amazing stories of human resilience and passion, how he was able to motivate himself for 50 years, I guess part of the reason was his love for Cosmos, which is still so mysteries, there is so much to learn and pounder, that he did not get bored in 50 years!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by R3verse Swing View Post
    ... if we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God.

    ― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

    "This complete set of laws can give us the answers to questions like how did the universe begin," he said. "Where is it going and will it have an end? If so, how will it end? If we find the answers to these questions, we really shall know the mind of God."

    Dont let the facts get in the way.

    http://time.com/5199149/stephen-hawk...h-god-atheist/


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    A remarkable human being.

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    One of the Greatest minds of 21st century.


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