3.14 Hawking his last story

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What the hoax character is really about.

but for some readers the subtext of A Brief History of Timewas a human interest story about a genius who overcame his disability. Multiple reviews from the time touch on this. Hawking said in the Journal that it probably helped sales, but he signaled he was uneasy with such a reading.

Hawking and others have long joked that many people purchased his book because it made them look smart but never bothered to read it. “He agreed that the book, Brief History of Time, was probably the least-read, most-bought book ever,”

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26 thoughts on “3.14 Hawking his last story

  1. xileffilex

    I was just thinking how hoaxy/ deep underground ISS-ish this Canadian Sudbury Neutrino Observatory was when I discover that the famous Stephen Hawking took a trip on their underground railway in 2012 to see how their search for “dark matter” was coming along, looking very good in the process.
    Go to 6.32. “Completely worthwhile” research. Suuuure

    Director of SNOLAB – Nigel Smith from England.

    Naturally a Canadian Nobel prize in 2015 resulted from this “completely worthwhile” research at the earlier mine location.

  2. xileffilex

    Following the private media funeral of Hawking, we learn “he” was taken away for cremation. Allegedly
    . Details not provided.

    Anyway… here’s the list of publications of the ‘genius’ –
    Are there any images of Hawking working on, honing, editing, arguing over this mountain of published works? It must have taken an age.

    For instance….
    I was at a conference in Amsterdam having lunch with other physicists, when an abrupt hush fell over the dining table. Stephen Hawking was about to say something important.

    Hawking couldn’t move his tongue to speak and had to communicate using a voice programme on the computer attached to his wheelchair. Nor could he type. Instead, with the little motion left in his fingers, he had to painstakingly select his words from batches of options the computer would offer him. As someone had noticed from the flickering of his computer screen that he was composing a pronouncement, all eyes and ears turned to him. Finally, he said … “More soup, please.”

    To most theoretical physicists the act of writing – scribbling thoughts, playing with equations, sketching diagrams – is an essential part of the process of achieving a deeper understanding. For Hawking to have made his breakthroughs without the use of pencil and paper is simply staggering, akin to Beethoven composing his ninth symphony without being able to hear.

    Yes, it is staggering, unbelievable perhaps. As is the absence of footage of him ‘at work’ putting flesh on his ‘theories’.


  3. xileffilex

    A nice Rockno comparison of Hawking, clips taken from the Hawking videos series on YouTube, showing Hawking’s remarkable improvement from being an incoherent vegetable, pre-voice synthesiser [but whom his scientific assistant could understand while his own son couldn’t] to the later party animal model.


    The Real Stephen Hawking (Parts 1-5)
    A Brief History of Time (Part 1-10)
    Hawking Videos on YouTube


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