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Hawking remembered by Windsor physicists as 'inspiration for a whole generation'

Hawking remembered by Windsor physicists as 'inspiration for a whole generation'

"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today", Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain's Press Association news agency.

"The human race", he said, "is so puny compared to the universe that being disabled is not of much cosmic significance".

In 1975, he bet physicist Kip Thorne a Penthouse subscription that an astronomical object known as Cygnus X-1 was not a black hole.

"He had discovered that despite what most physicists thought at that time - that black holes are not quite black, in fact, they radiate", said Vafa. "Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018". "It matters that you don't just give up", Hawking had said at a talk in Oxford in 2016. "The answer is, not a lot".

"He gave me a wink and he smiled at me with his eyes and for a short moment I felt a connection to Stephen Hawking, it still gives me chills to think about it", he said.

Texas state Rep. Briscoe Cain, an outspoken member of the Texas House Freedom Caucus, tweeted his condolences Tuesday night on the death of world-acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking, sort of.

"My goal is simple", he once said.

Among his academic feats, Hawking wrote theorems to show the universe began with the Big Bang, revealed some unexpected behaviour of black holes, and proposed a novel idea that could help explain the creation of the entire universe through the existing laws of physics.

But it was through scientific articles and his 1988 worldwide bestseller A Brief History of Time that Hawking was able to communicate his genius and share his discoveries about black holes. He sold 9 million copies of that book, though many readers didn't finish it.

Professor Stephen Hawking was one of the most brilliant scientists of his, or any other, generation.

"This was Stephen Hawking".




The visionary scientist died on Wednesday aged 76 and was wheelchair bound for decades, suffering with a rare form of motor neurone disease. He was a famous cosmologist and an activist who changed the world's perception of what a scientist could be.

McCarten says Hawking's emotional reaction to watching the film for the first time still sticks with him. He sought to connect that theory with the Theory of Quantum Mechanics, which deals with subatomic particles.

The concept that stuff, radiation, comes out of black holes may have upset science fiction authors, but it inspired young scientists such as Tyson, who described it as "spooky profound".

Hawking credited the support of his family and friends with giving him the strength to keep up his remarkable pace. He was given only a few years to live at the time. "I've been to talks Hawking has given and can not follow them myself".

Prof Hawking was twice married and divorced.

He explained that Hawking shined a light on an area of science that many people didn't know about.

Prof Higgs also held some controversial views.

The internet isn't interested in that of course, and the response has been - well - exactly as you would expect it to be.

Although in June 2017 at Starmus, an arts and science festival in Norway whose advisory board he sat on, he concluded: "The Earth is under threat from so many areas that it is hard for me to be positive".

"We will miss one of the best recurring characters", he wrote.

"Meeting an advanced civilisation could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus".