We Have Lost A Great Mind


I was devastated to hear that Stephen Hawking died today at the age of 76. I know he was very sick for a very long time, but he also had an amazing intellect and he will be sorely missed. I always suck at what to say in these situations, and how to express my reasons for feeling so sad about the death of someone I have never met, so I will leave it and instead quote Neil Degrasse Tyson, whose tweet about Stephen Hawking‘s passing is one of the best put that I have seen.

 

His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018

 

Maybe this one is a little too soon, but I also can’t sign off completely without including the tweet from @TheTweetOfGod

 

It’s only been a few hours and Stephen Hawking already mathematically proved, to My face, that I don’t exist.

 

The Stephen Hawking that I invented in my head would have liked that.

I still have his latest book on my shelf, waiting to be opened. Maybe now is the time to find the time to read it.

Comments

  1. says

    It is a great thing that he lived so long as he did, and was fearless enough that he was able to do things most of us would envy, like riding the vomit comet. Oh, yeah, and he did some physics.

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