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Old 03-13-2018, 10:52 PM
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Stephen Hawking dead at 76.

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

Too new for any details.

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Old 03-13-2018, 10:55 PM
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Sonofabitch.

There are very few celebrity deaths that affect me. This will be one of them. RIP Dr. Hawking.
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Bad news.
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Stephen Hawking becomes a virtual particle at 76

Stephen Hawking dies at 76.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:06 PM
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Just a little late with your thread.
https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=851041
Only by 10 minutes.

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Old 03-13-2018, 11:08 PM
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Yeah, but eschereal had a better thread title!
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:10 PM
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Why, thank you.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:10 PM
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Shit.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:12 PM
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What a punch to the gut; I'll be feeling this one for days.

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Old 03-13-2018, 11:16 PM
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Bring on the radiation.
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For some reason, despite a condition that was clearly deteriorating him fast, and him being of an age, I just didn't expect this.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:18 PM
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What a pisser. Given that he was given 2 years to live back in 1963, I'd say he gave it a pretty good run.

RIP, Stephen. The world is lessened with your passing.
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76?!? I didn't realize he was that old. Or that he would live that long.
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Really sad news.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:23 PM
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Well, damn. I knew he couldn't live forever, and 76 is a good run for his condition. But... damn.
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Just a little late with your thread.
https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=851041
Only by 10 minutes.
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Yeah, but eschereal had a better thread title!
And he put it in the right forum.

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Old 03-13-2018, 11:25 PM
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Sad.

But we had the benefit of his mind for about 50 years more than there were reasonable expectations on his health.

If nothing else Brian Cox will be relieved he's much less likely to be killed by a hit & run around campus.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:43 PM
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For some reason, despite a condition that was clearly deteriorating him fast, and him being of an age, I just didn't expect this.
Yes. I thought of him as a sort of permanent fixture too.
RIP
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AFAIK, the only person to portray himself in a Star Trek episode.
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Sad.

But we had the benefit of his mind for about 50 years more than there were reasonable expectations on his health.

If nothing else Brian Cox will be relieved he's much less likely to be killed by a hit & run around campus.
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Good night, Stephen. I hope you've found what you were seeking.
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I've seen it noted on twitter that he passed on Pi day. Seems appropriate.

Rest well, and safe travels, Professor.
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He was told he had less than two years to live when he was 21. He made it quite a few more years but still it's sad to see him go.

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Sorry to see him go but glad he was here at all. RIP.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:58 PM
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He had a good one.

I don't normally go for that sort of thing but I thought A Brief History of Time was a decent film. He also said a lot of things like this, using his platform for the common good:

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“When politicians and private healthcare industry lobbyists claim that we cannot afford the NHS, this is the exact inversion of the truth. We cannot afford not to have the NHS”
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His doctors said he'd be dead by his 20s. So he still came out ahead.
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:07 AM
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Listening to the new Hitchiker's Guide featuring Professor Hawking as the voice of the Guide Mark II is going to be bittersweet.

Todd Rundgren had what seems to be an appropriate memorial with his song Hawking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk7uZO1iED8
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:16 AM
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The world was definitely a better place because he was here. RIP, Dr. Hawking.

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This is like the death of Einstien or Newton.

Yes. That significant.

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And in my opinion it was a shame that he didn’t get to win a Nobel prize.

I thought that after the first direct detection of gravitational waves a few years ago he was a shoo-in for the Physics prize. I understand that Kip Thorne would be first, but even so... I will always feel that the Nobel committee dropped the ball there.
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Just wanted to note it is 14 March in the UK. Or alternately written as 3.14. Stephen Hawking has died on Pi Day.
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Just wanted to note it is 14 March in the UK. Or alternately written as 3.14. Stephen Hawking has died on Pi Day.
Also known as the birthday of Einstein.
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Talkin' Hawkin' - song by Pink Floyd.
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The guy lived this long with a disease that should have killed him decades ago. That alone is extremely impressive. A true fighter.
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Just wanted to note it is 14 March in the UK. Or alternately written as 3.14. Stephen Hawking has died on Pi Day.
No pie for him. R.I.P.
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RIP Hawking.

Maybe he’d still be alive if no one checked in on him today.
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RIP Hawking.

Maybe he’d still be alive if no one checked in on him today.
Yes, Dr. Schrodinger.

With his loss, he leaves a black hole in the cosmology field.
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He is the voice of the book mark 2 in the sixth Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio drama (I just listened to episode 1 Friday)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09th4hf

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Sad.

But it doesn't make it all right to click on those links that say "Stephen Hawking's prediction will spin your head!".

Yeah, I know he had nothing to do with those.
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Since Hawking wasn't an artistic figure, I'm merging the CS thread into the MPSIMS thread.
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There are apparently at least 10 airworthy Hawker Hunters - I sincerely hope they arrange for some of them to do a flyby at his funeral. That would be pretty badass.
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Hawking was a great man. And his Big Bang appearances made him "an artistic figure" in my book. I hope they do a tribute.

What are the odds he'd die on Pi day?
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About 116π to 1.
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This news was rather sudden, at least to me. Had there been news he'd been ill?
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A brilliant man who never took himself too seriously. May he rest in peace.

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I think that's right: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg8_cKxJZJY

And see: http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Stephen_Hawking

Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Hawking in The Theory of Everything, talks about him: https://www.aol.com/article/entertai...he-t/23385434/
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This news was rather sudden, at least to me. Had there been news he'd been ill?
Yes. Yes there was.

Oh, you mean besides ALS?

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The guy lived this long with a disease that should have killed him decades ago. That alone is extremely impressive.
Slight hijack: Anyone interested in ALS should check out the documentary Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet, which is about a young guitarist who was poised to become the next Steve Vai / Yngwie Malmsteen, until his career was suddenly derailed by ALS. Twenty-eight years later, he's still alive, and still composing music using a computer that tracks his eye movements. A truly impressive young man.
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He's now the Star Child (figuratively). RIP, Stephen.
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