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RIP Stephen Hawking
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:08:45 am »
The most famous scientist since Einstein.  Dead at aged 76. 
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2018, 12:20:30 pm »
Somebody bought me a copy of "Universe in a Nutshell" which I really liked despite having taken some graduate school classes in general relativity. I vaguely remember "Brief History of Time" which I read when I was a freshman and thought Feynman's books were way cooler.

One of my co-workers worked in Hawking's group as a post-doc in the 90s. He didn't interact with him very much, but said he had a very dry sense of humor.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2018, 06:41:34 pm »
what he accomplished will be hard to equal
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2018, 08:40:42 pm »
I know it is irrational, and it is probably inhumane, as well.

But, to be honest, I am kind of glad the motherfucker is dead.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2018, 08:54:40 pm »
I know it is irrational, and it is probably inhumane, as well.

But, to be honest, I am kind of glad the motherfucker is dead.

Why?
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2018, 10:23:35 pm »
I guess I grew weary of all the doomsday stuff towards the end. Aliens will kill us off, the world is going to end. Really smart fella, but kind of a bummer, actuallt.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2018, 08:43:21 am »
Stephen Hawking - inspiring figure demonstrating that debilitating disability can be overcome with grace, grit and humor, champion of intellectual curiosity, general example of the triumph of the human spirit, but a bit of a buzzkill in the end. 
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2018, 01:02:36 pm »
Stephen Hawking - inspiring figure demonstrating that debilitating disability can be overcome with grace, grit and humor, champion of intellectual curiosity, general example of the triumph of the human spirit, but a bit of a buzzkill in the end.

Yes. It reflects poorly on me, I know.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2018, 02:23:09 pm »
Stephen Hawking - inspiring figure demonstrating that debilitating disability can be overcome with grace, grit and humor, champion of intellectual curiosity, general example of the triumph of the human spirit, but a bit of a buzzkill in the end.

This sounds like Douglas Adams.  *Golf clap*
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2018, 08:34:13 am »
Yes. It reflects poorly on me, I know.

Not really.  He was kind of an arrogant ass.  And, yes, I know this personally.

@Bench, I've never heard the word "grace" and Hawking in the same sentence.  He was a lot of things but gracious was not one of them.
Another trenchant comment by a jealous lesser intellect.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2018, 08:55:23 am »
Not really.  He was kind of an arrogant ass.  And, yes, I know this personally.

@Bench, I've never heard the word "grace" and Hawking in the same sentence.  He was a lot of things but gracious was not one of them.

Show me a productive scientist who is gracious and humble. They hand out the arrogance with the PhDs.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2018, 09:02:49 am »
Show me a productive scientist who is gracious and humble. They hand out the arrogance with the PhDs.

Show me a genius who is patient with the rest of us.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2018, 09:10:18 am »
Show me a genius who is patient with the rest of us.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2018, 09:30:55 am »
Show me a genius who is patient with the rest of us.

Ordinary genius or very stable genius?
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2018, 11:41:50 am »
Not really.  He was kind of an arrogant ass.  And, yes, I know this personally.

@Bench, I've never heard the word "grace" and Hawking in the same sentence.  He was a lot of things but gracious was not one of them.

I've heard the same (particularly with regards to women) and certainly, his scientific reputation didn't come anywhere near his public reputation.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2018, 11:53:25 am »
Show me a genius who is patient with the rest of us.

There are lots of super geniuses I've met that are perfectly nice people.

For instance, I never heard anything bad about Steve Weinberg, probably one of the great physicists of the 20th century, when I was a student at UT-Austin, except that he was incredibly busy and absent-minded.

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2018, 08:16:00 am »
My Mamma always said 'it's the destiny  of a genius to be plagued by morons".

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2018, 09:36:28 am »
imagine being locked in that body with that mind.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2018, 10:28:24 am »
probably preferable to being locked in that body with an ordinary mind.

btw, didn't he die on pi day? 

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2018, 05:52:25 pm »
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