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03-13-2018, 10:24 PM
One of the world's greatest scientists and finest minds, Professor Stephen Hawking, has died at the age of 76.

The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time died peacefully at his home in Cambridge early on Wednesday afternoon (NZT).

In a statement Professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.

"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.

"His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.

"He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever."

03-13-2018, 10:48 PM
Very sad. A great man who will be missed.

I am currently half-way through reading one of his books (http://www.hawking.org.uk/the-grand-design.html). The opening sentence of which is:
We each exist for but a short time...

03-14-2018, 03:30 AM
A brilliant mind. One can only hope he accepted Christ in the end :pray:

03-14-2018, 08:44 AM
A brilliant mind. One can only hope he accepted Christ in the end :pray:

Well, that would be a contradiction on its face.

This is totally inappropriate for the Memorial Garden. You did this once before, were warned, and you will be pointed for this one.

One Bad Pig
03-14-2018, 08:51 AM
It would be entirely fitting if we could place his body in a black hole, giving a double meaning to the term "Hawking radiation."

03-14-2018, 04:55 PM
One of the things about Hawking's life which doesn't seem to be well-known in America is the extent to which he owed his life to, and felt a deep personal debt to, and fought for, the UK's government-run health service. (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/14/i-would-not-have-survived-nhs-enabled-stephen-hawking-to-live-long-life) For 55 years he received treatment and assistance that kept him alive and able to pursue his passion of physics research and writing, long after money would have run out in a privatized healthcare system. Consider how much 55 years worth of healthcare would have cost him in the US's private system, and then consider that because he got all that free in the UK from the government that he was able to do his physics for which he was famous.

When the US was reaching peak wild Obamacare-will-kill-us-all claims:
in 2009 the US Investor’s Business Daily argued that Stephen Hawking “wouldn’t have a chance in the UK, where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless”.Their comments provoked laughter as they didn't seem to realize that Hawking was English and had indeed received life-saving healthcare in the UK from the NHS.

Hawking's own response was swift:
“I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS... I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.”
In 2017, when the UK's conservative government were unveiling their plans to privatize parts of the NHS, Hawking entered the debate:
When the NHS was plunged into crisis amid plans to privatise the service, Hawking lashed out at the politicians he held responsible in a 2017 speech at the Royal Society of Medicine. He blamed ministers for funding cuts, pay caps and weakening the service through privatisation. He saw it all leading to a “US-style insurance system”... Hawking [argued] that the NHS was heading towards a US-style healthcare system run by private companies. [The conservative government], he pointed out, named Kaiser Permanente, the major US healthcare provider, as a model for the future budgetary arrangements of the NHS before the Commons health select committee in 2016....

Hawking joined a lawsuit in December [2017] aimed at blocking [the conservative government's] plans for the NHS.
AFAICT he was still part of that lawsuit four months later at the time of his death.

03-14-2018, 08:10 PM
The Memorial Garden is not the place for debate. Any further transgressions will be moderated.

03-18-2018, 01:15 PM
One can only hope he accepted Christ in the end :pray:

Thank you for the kindness of your thoughts.

Hawking showed us all what can be accomplished when we use our all. Though he is gone, his work remains, and when he is forgotten, generations who do not know their debt will benefit.

That's a better memorial than I could ask for.