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Nasa’s touching tribute to Stephen Hawking who has died at 76

14th March 2018

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Nasa’s touching tribute to Stephen Hawking who has died at 76 (metro.co.uk).

Stephen Hawking, in Princeton, New Jersey in 1979, image: Getty
Stephen Hawking, in Princeton, New Jersey in 1979, image: Getty

The acclaimed theoretical physicist passing away peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of the morning.

“His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring.

“May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space-Station in 2014,” the organisation tweeted.”

The appeal of the “renowned physicist and ambassador of science” reaching far more than cosmologists in an era where we all have a little bit of space(wo)man or physics bending quantum mechanics wizardry in us:

While Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, said: “We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking.”

Prof Hawking was credited as an “inspiration to millions” and his work will leave “an indelible legacy”, the University of Cambridge has said.

From The Simpsons to Pink Floyd: Stephen Hawking in popular culture (theguardian.com).

#RIPStephenHawking (Twitter).

Stephen Hawking: “Quiet people have the loudest minds”

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And sadly, on the same day:

Jim Bowen

Jim Bowen, host of Bullseye TV game show, dies aged 80 (telegraph.co.uk).

The broadcaster and comedian presented the darts-based show in the 1980s and 1990s. His agent confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that he had died.

Bowen, who was born in Lancashire, began his career as a comedian in the 1960s. He started presenting Bullseye in 1981 and the Sunday evening show ran until 1995, regularly attracting more than 12 million viewers.

And was also briefly elected Pope with much “super, smashing, great” on Wikipedia a few years back (Pick of the Week 19th Mar. 2013).

#RIPJimBowen (Twitter).

Updated 19th March 2018

Stephen Hawking’s last paper may lead to proof of a multiverse (digitaltrends.com).

His final paper has the potential to lay the groundwork for one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 21st century. The Sunday Times reports that the paper, entitled “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation,” details a means by which scientists could discover a parallel universe.

The paper had its latest revisions approved on March 4—10 days before Hawking’s death. “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation” is a mathematical paper that sets out to find proof of multiverse theory, which argues that there are many other universes existing alongside our own.

Indeed, in some hypothetical infinite number of parallel universes an enamored celebrity young very much looking for old Ariana Grande really is sitting on an overjoyed pensioner otherwise found in Chapopolis’ pantless lap right now, and, indeed, in another a pipe-smoking dramatist monkey tapping out Love’s Labour’s Lost (Wikipedia).

Updated 20th March 2018

Stephen Hawking’s ashes to be buried near to Sir Isaac Newton’s grave at Westminster Abbey (standard.co.uk).

Professor Stephen Hawking’s ashes are to be buried at Westminster Abbey near to the grave of Sir Isaac Newton.

His ashes will be interred during a thanksgiving service later this year, a spokesman for the abbey said.

Updated 21st March 2018

But seemingly that paper touted as way to finally prove existence of parallel worlds is actually little more than “quality press” like The Sunday Times using the opportunity to sell sheets by emitting opportune radiation out of its brown rather than black hole:

Stephen Hawking’s last paper (probably) doesn’t prove we live in a multiverse (livescience.com).

[The touted claim by several media outlets] may be a bit of cosmic inflation, said several physicists who were not involved in Hawking’s research.

“The paper makes no statements about observational tests. It’s not entirely uninteresting, but it’s one of literally several thousand ideas for what might possibly have happened in the early universe” many of which include parallel worlds, said Sabine Hossenfelder, a physicist at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany, who blogs at backreaction.blogspot.com.

Indeed, being what makes Hawking’s physics theoretical rather than the more empirical experiments done at school and taken for granted when crossing the road in adult life—those being the more the territory of Newton such as when that apple fell on his head—so, meanwhile, theoretical physicists will still looking for the dark matter and such that is unseeable and undetectable (Pick of the Week 20th April 2015) even when its goosing said Chapopolis pensioner invariably in pantyhose left text chatting to random young Arianas, Emmas, or Bellas at some virtual gloryhole in this universe.

Updated 15th June 2018

Benedict Cumberbatch among the speakers at the Westminster Abbey ceremony, image: Ben Stansall/PA
Benedict Cumberbatch among the speakers at the Westminster Abbey ceremony, image: Ben Stansall/PA

Stephen Hawking’s ashes interred at Westminster Abbey (theguardian.com).

With, along with actor Benedict Cumberbatch who played him in the 2004 film Hawking, “luminaries from academia and science” including Prof Kip Thorne, the “Thorne” of the celebrated “Thorne–Hawking–Preskill bet” on the black hole information paradox and the earlier, in 1974, “Thorne–Hawking bet” which Hawkings saw as an insurance policy of sorts if black holes did not exist and won him a a subscription to satirical Private Eye wheras Thorne would get a subscription to Penthouse, which Hawking relievedly paid.

Hawking’s remains were buried on Friday beneath a sunlit arch, between those of Darwin and Newton, at a memorial service at Westminster Abbey.

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