I saw Stephen Hawking today...

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  1. ammoguy3460

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    He was at my place of work to hear a lecture. Boy, does he beep a lot! I could barely focus on the presentation :rofl:
     
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    Did you see his black hole?
     

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    I saw him last year, and was surprised by how OLD he looks.

    The kids I ran around with last summer (my summer student was college roommates with John Ellis's daughter, and my previous summer student was John Ellis's son) grew up with Stephen Hawking, and they think he is a giant ******bag. It's an interesting perspective.
     
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    That's cool. I have tremendous respect for him. Good for you.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    Too true. Astronomers generally don't hold him in very high regard. Most of his 'cred' comes from the non-science community.
     
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    Stephen Hawking is an idiot compared to me.
     
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    It was more personal stuff, like how he treated his first wife. They grew up with him as sort of an uncle.

    Like I said, it was weird--I'd never thought of him as anything other than "Stephen Hawking, theorist" before.
     
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    Yeah, he was a professor of Maths here for quite some time, so a lot of the people in my dept. got to know him. They don't have the greatest things to say, but who are they to judge (non-professionally I mean)? :dunno:
     
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    Science channel reran a program the other night that dealt with his theories. Some of the people did not seem to think him a great guy. There was a ranking of 20 people who had the most impact on physics in the 20th century and he was dead last.

    I give him credit for his work in the face of a severe handicap though.
     
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    You have to give him some credit. Certainly he's not a lightweight in the field. His books have made physics a lot more accessible to laypeople. By all rights he should have been dead 20 years ago.
     
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    Definitely. I think anything that raises public interest in science great :wavey:
     
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    Are you sure? :rofl:
     
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    IIRC, most of Newton's contemporaries thought he was a bit of a dick, too.
     
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    Pink Floyd reference?
     
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    Why don't you ask Leibniz what he thinks of Newton? Newton was more than a deock. He was a serious jerk who would personally attack anyone that questioned his theories.

    How many people have held the chair that Hawking's holds? Who's popular in Physics right now in the history of the universe has little correlation on who is correct in their theories. His theories may or may not be correct but I am sure that SH has brought more funding into Physics than the many of the leading Physicists combined.
     
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    did you know that in order for you to be his assistant, you have to be able to do calculus in your head? Useless fact of the day.:supergrin: