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    A giant has passed.

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    Very sad - one of the most brilliant minds of physics and cosmology.
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    What an unexpectedly long life.

    Rest In Peace, sir.

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    A giant of a man, by any measure.
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    Yes, a remarkable man by any measure.
    Be wary of your critics, at peace with your decisions, and work hard to be a better man.

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    Not fair. RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    What an unexpectedly long life.

    Rest In Peace, sir.
    My thought as well. We were lucky to have him for as long as we did. What an intellect. What an impact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    My thought as well. We were lucky to have him for as long as we did. What an intellect. What an impact.
    and courage in the face of such a disability !
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    He had a hard life, and stood up to it.

    He deserves peace and rest, in great measure.
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    And Big Bang loses a bit part player.

    An inspiration.
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    How pleasing it would be to think that he might find an afterlife for him in which all the puzzles he has thought about all his life were revealed and understood in all their majesty. I wish I thought that.
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    A terrible loss. What he achieved, despite his disability, is nothing short of astonishing. RIP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by downthecreek View Post
    How pleasing it would be to think that he might find an afterlife for him in which all the puzzles he has thought about all his life were revealed and understood in all their majesty. I wish I thought that.
    I love this thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by downthecreek View Post
    How pleasing it would be to think that he might find an afterlife for him in which all the puzzles he has thought about all his life were revealed and understood in all their majesty. I wish I thought that.
    He did not think it, himself:

    "I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." (2011 interview for "The Guardian")
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    Now, he knows. RIP sir.

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    A remarkable man. Tremendous contribution. RIP
    Enjoy a good rum on the rocks at sunset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ishmael View Post
    Now, he knows. RIP sir.
    There's no evidence that he knows anything at all now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ishmael View Post
    Now, he knows. RIP sir.
    yes.

    RIP, and here's to new life for old computers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post


    He did not think it, himself:

    Indeed. And it was also his opinion that the laws of physics were quite sufficient to explain the creation of the universe, without recourse to any "divine" or supernatural intervention.

    Lots of interesting info and tributes on Radio 4 today. Even to non scientists he was quite a presence in the world. The ideas and the maths of theoretical physics are like a distant, mysterious and fascinating mountain peak that I would love to be able to climb, but know I never could.
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    "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny." --- Stephen Hawking

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    5 Times Stephen Hawking Made Us Laugh While Teaching Us About The Universe (ARTICLE LINK)

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    When the famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was first diagnosed with ALS at the ripe age of 21, he was given only a few years to live.

    Fifty five years later, the world has lost not only one of the greatest minds of our age, but also an inspiring man with a great sense of humour.

    Most people's passion, ambition and ability to laugh would crumble in the face of a degenerative disorder, but Stephen Hawking was not most people.

    When asked by The Radio Times what inspires him to keep going, the renowned physicist replied, "My work and a sense of humour."

    "It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can lose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general," he added.
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    Through his work with mathematician Sir Roger Penrose he demonstrated that Einstein's general theory of relativity implies space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes.
    There is one outstanding question. What was there before the Big Bang to cause it?
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    For you, my breaching whale friend, a bit of wisdom for the ages.

    All goes onward and outward—nothing collapses;
    And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.

    Has any one supposed it lucky to be born?
    I hasten to inform him or her, it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.

    I pass death with the dying, and birth with the new-wash’d babe, and am not contain’d between my hat and boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ishmael View Post
    For you, my breaching whale friend, a bit of wisdom for the ages.
    Your breaching whale friend is perfectly correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rum_Pirate View Post
    There is one outstanding question. What was there before the Big Bang to cause it?
    Go read Hawking
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rum_Pirate View Post
    There is one outstanding question. What was there before the Big Bang to cause it?
    We don't know. That's what's meant by it being a "singularity": we don't know if there was anything before, or even if the word "before" makes any sense in that context. Causality is an apparent property of this universe, and the singularity at the beginning of this universe's rapid inflation is a boundary of the universe itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rum_Pirate View Post
    There is one outstanding question. What was there before the Big Bang to cause it?
    A Scalar field, which is de-Sitters matter-less solution to Einstein's field equations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ishmael View Post
    For you, my breaching whale friend, a bit of wisdom for the ages.
    A bit of poetic language, containing neither a coherent proposition nor evidence to support it. You can call it "wisdom" all you like; I call it fuzzy nonsense.

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    Another neophyte I spy. It's OK, we all have start somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ishmael View Post
    Another neophyte I spy. It's OK, we all have start somewhere.
    I'll start with evidence-based thinking, thanks very much. You might try it, too. It seems to have sufficed for Hawking.

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    Ah yes, the materialist mind. I've given it its due, found it wondrous, and lacking. Don't get me wrong, it has its place, and should return to it, the sooner the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ishmael View Post
    Ah yes, the materialist mind. I've given it its due, found it wondrous, and lacking. Don't get me wrong, it has its place, and should return to it, the sooner the better.
    Yes, well, if you have evidence that there is anything other than the material, do share it with the world. It would be a first.

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    The simple version stated by the late Professor Hawking is that since time started with the big bang, the idea of there being something "before" the big bang is not a meaningful or helpful idea.

    On the other hand, if you are a bit cleverer than I, you can take Nick's tip..

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalar_field_theory
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