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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:26 am 
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The British genius Stephen Hawking has today died. The theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author died at his home in the early hours of the 14th March, 2018.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43396008

I usually wouldn't start a thread for this sort of thing, however the majority of us are probably way nerdier and geekier than we'd like to admit. I myself have read a few of his works, and looked up to the man since I was young enough to look up to a dark sky and mildly understand what was beyond the planet.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:54 am 
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My condolences.


But, given his conditions, perhaps it was the best for him in the long run...

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:57 am 
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Today the world is a worse place :(

We've lost a genius among geniuses and the most important thing of all...
A beautiful and wonderful person, a real man.

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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YNM wrote:
My condolences. But, given his conditions, perhaps it was the best for him in the long run...


Given he was only given two years to live upon his initial diagnosis, I think he more than covered the long run. *nod*

Personally, I don't consider Hawking to be a genius. Brilliant, yes. But what he did more than anything was diligently research a topic and then passionately argued for or against it until the rest of the world reached a consensus, to which he would concede if he was on the other side of it. He was excellent at facilitating passionate discussion, which this world desperately needed and still needs.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:21 am 
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kamnet wrote:
Given he was only given two years to live upon his initial diagnosis, I think he more than covered the long run. *nod*

Well, an end is inevitable. (well some will protest for this statement but surely that will end as well.)

kamnet wrote:
Personally, I don't consider Hawking to be a genius. Brilliant, yes. But what he did more than anything was diligently research a topic and then passionately argued for or against it until the rest of the world reached a consensus, to which he would concede if he was on the other side of it.

Newton was even more hard-headed, so was Einstein but not as much. I'd say that classifies as something.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:38 pm 
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kamnet wrote:
YNM wrote:
My condolences. But, given his conditions, perhaps it was the best for him in the long run...


Given he was only given two years to live upon his initial diagnosis, I think he more than covered the long run. *nod*


And I thought "lasted to slightly outlive even Einstein" (Hawking lived longer than Einstein for about a month) was more interesting...

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