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Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

The Tau Zero Foundation expresses it deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Stephen Hawking. His death is a loss to the the world, to our scientific communities, and to all who value courage in the face of extreme odds.


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  • Michael March 14, 2018, 15:07

    Professor Hawking could work with the complex world of space-time amongst the most gifted scientists humanity could offer and could also communicate that enlightenment to those who were less fortunate.

    R.I.P Goodman

  • Geoffrey Hillend March 14, 2018, 16:43

    He was not only a brilliant theoretical astrophysicist, but a great teacher. I’ve read all of his books after I read his revision of a Brief History in Time which inspired me to read more about about theoretical physics, cosmology, astrophysics, the life and death of stars, quantum mechanics and quantum field theory and get into that subject more deeply since he explained explained some of the rules of physics clearly in a way which was easy for me to understand.

  • Antonio March 14, 2018, 19:29

    R.I.P. He was surely the most known scientist of our time and a great person.

    Here we are, disscussing about traveling to other stars while we haven’t the slightiest idea, after almost two centuries of the discovery of ALS, what causes it and how to cure it. Sometimes I ask myself whether we are mistaken in our priorities.

    • J. Jason Wentworth March 15, 2018, 18:20

      Having two incurable and little-researched diseases (Ankylosing Spondylitis and Lymphedema) that rob people of quality of life, shorten life, and can facilitate horrible and painful deaths from secondary causes (a year ago I very nearly died from MRSA [flesh-eating bacteria] and Pseudomonas infections, due to Lymphedema-caused persistent open leg wounds), I don’t think that our priorities are mistaken, and here is why:

      Compared to the relatively little research funding and effort that ^are^ devoted to finding better treatments–and, hopefully, cures–for these diseases, starflight research is funded and run like a kitchen table, mail-order business. So little goes to interstellar spaceflight research, and its ultimate payoff–not to mention the benefits of its technological spin-offs along the way to its goal–are so large, that I do not begrudge the paltry sums that are spent on it instead of on medical research; indeed, I’d like to see more spent on starflight R & D. Arthur C. Clarke also pointed out, when cancer research advocates complained in the 1960s that the money spent on Apollo should go to them instead, that money for one program is never switched to another.

  • Project Studio March 15, 2018, 0:53

    We are fortunate to have lived in his time, as were those who lived in the time of Einstein, Maxwell, Newton, Kepler. Confined to a chair, he traveled billions of light years and billions of years with his mind. He gave us so very much.

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