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Steve De Young
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He will definitely go down as one of the greatest minds of our time.  
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Very sad to hear this.  

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Rich Marzullo
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A loss for humanity.
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Posted: 14 March 2018 at 12:18am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

A great mind has passed.
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Another light has gone out in the universe.  
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I read A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME when I was about 19. I'm not scientifically-minded at all, but he made various concepts so accessible to me. As he did with other books. I learnt so much about time, black holes and so much else by reading his works.

And he spoke a lot of sense on wider issues.

Condolences to his family and friends. Here's some quotes:

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I was surprised to read that, in its time, "A Brief
History of Time" was considered by some critics to be
"dense". From my recollections of reading it, I wonder,
how could one *possibly* make the subject any more
approachable and accessible than he managed in that
book?
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That critic was wrong.

I am the most non-scientifically minded person you could meet. I found THE SELFISH GENE to be a tough read (but interesting). A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME could not have been more approachable and accessible. 
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Posted: 14 March 2018 at 5:03am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Very sad news! A brilliant mind.
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Feeling sad about this. 
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Brace now for all those people eager to misinterpret what he said and wrote, in order to "prove" he believed in God.
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He was definitely a great thinker and his passing is a great loss to humanity.
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Posted: 14 March 2018 at 7:36am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

A great loss. I hated that this was the very first news I heard today.

He had a respectably long and incredibly productive life, though--by any standards, let alone for someone diagnosed early with ALS.

Rest in peace.


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Robbie Parry
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 John Byrne wrote:
Brace now for all those people eager to misinterpret what he said and wrote, in order to "prove" he believed in God.

This showed up on my Facebook feed:

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Kevin Brown
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Definitely a sad day.  A huge loss of a great mind.

And, not sure how many know this, but he was given only 2 years to live.....  55 years ago.
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A sad day, to be sure.

On the occasion of his passing (if you have 12 minutes to spare) it bears listening to this set of anecdotes about Hawking from physicist Sean Carroll.  Stories about his interactions with Hawking and a life-lesson he drew from him:
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My favorite quote of his:

I have noticed that even those who assert that everything
is predestined and that we can change nothing about it
still look both ways before they cross the street.
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Gundars Berzins
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Sad news. A bright light is now gone.
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Hawking was one of those scientists -- and there are many -- who use God as a metaphor. Believers don't get that, since they find nothing metaphorical in their invisible friend in the sky. And it did not help that he titled one of his books THE GRAND DESIGN.
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I've heard some say the same about Charles Darwin. I don't know of many Darwin quotes - or whether he used G*d as a metaphor - but there are no shortage of people (online) who claim he was a believer.
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Time and circumstance forced Darwin to end his ORIGIN OF SPECIES with an acknowledgment of the devine. No publisher would have touched it, otherwise.

In private correspondence he confirmed he was an atheist.

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Ah, I see. Thanks. Can't say I have read extensively on Darwin's life/quotes, but I do know that I was very distrustful of religious folk making claims about him! 
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Posted: 14 March 2018 at 12:01pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Condolences to his friends and family.... what a great loss.

-C!
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Posted: 14 March 2018 at 12:16pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Brace now for all those people eager to misinterpret what he said and wrote, in order to "prove" he believed in God. _____________________________________



*Crickets Chirping*

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Posted: 14 March 2018 at 2:58pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

I'm not saying anything about the man's theories because I understand very little about them, in all honesty.

But seeing the most intelligent man in the world having a great sense of humor and being able to laugh about himself and his situation was always very comforting for me.

Definitely one of the good ones. RIP




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