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Stephen Hawking: An Appreciation

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Stephen Hawking: An Appreciation

Soon after I enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge University in 1964, I encountered a fellow student, two years ahead of me in his studies; he was unsteady on his feet and spoke with great difficulty. This was Stephen Hawking. He had recently been diagnosed with a degenerative disease, and it was thought that he might not survive long enough even to finish his PhD. But, amazingly, he lived on to the age of 76. Even mere survival would have been a medical marvel, but of course he didn’t just survive. He become one of the most famous scientists...

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Controversial Stephen Hawking Predictions, From Evil Aliens to Black Hole Bets

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Controversial Stephen Hawking Predictions, From Evil Aliens to Black Hole Bets

In the 1970s, Stephen Hawking, who died on Wednesday age 76, turned the physics world upside down when he announced that black holes aren’t so black after all, and that some light can in fact escape the singularity’s edge, called the event horizon. That bombshell, which inspired a whole new way of looking at black holes through a quantum lens, would certainly not be the last time Hawking made shocking pronouncements about the nature of the cosmos. Here, we revisit some of the most famous wagers and provocative statements that Hawking made during his more than 40 years of public...

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Stephen Hawking Dead at 76

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Stephen Hawking Dead at 76

Stephen Hawking, the legendary physicist and author of popular science books such as A Brief History of Time, passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning at his home in the U.K. The Guardian reports that his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, put out a statement that includes: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years." He was 76. Hawking famously suffered from motor neuron disease, with which he was diagnosed at age 21. The condition confined...

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Stephen Hawking thinks he knows what happened before the beginning of time

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Stephen Hawking thinks he knows what happened before the beginning of time

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show Star Talk is ending its fourth season with a bang—a big one. The big one, to be precise. The show, filmed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, features famous astrophysicist Tyson interviewing famous-for-things-other-than-physics folks through the lens of science. For this Sunday’s season finale, Tyson’s guest is arguably the only physicist more famous than he: Stephen Hawking. Tyson asked Hawking your standard softball interview question: what was around before the big bang? In other words, what happened before the moment the universe began? Check out his answer: “The boundary condition of...

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ALIENS to be contacted in 2018 despite warnings from Stephen Hawking

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ALIENS to be contacted in 2018 despite warnings from Stephen Hawking

Douglas Vakoch, the president of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence), an organisation that will send radio signals into deep space in the hope that they will get a response, says that the organisation will send out signals next year in the hope of finally making contact. However, the likes of Stephen Hawking have previously warned it could be a bad idea to message intelligent aliens. Last year, Professor Hawking said it would be best to keep quiet on discoveries judging by what has happened when humans have met other humans who they deem inferior. The theoretical physicist said: “One day we...

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