We have lost a great mind

Dr. Hawking has died.

Hawking and Star Trek are Forever!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4xibCOeOWQ
It is one of those time physics fiddly things.

I thought Hawking’s appeal stemmed primarily from the fact that he was extremely nerdy and disabled and that inspired science followers (who are usually nerds) more that his actual scientific work — which wasn’t particularly groundbreaking.
Having said that Physics and physicists don’t interest me much so maybe I’m wrong.

I thought Hawking’s appeal stemmed primarily from the fact that he was extremely nerdy and disabled and that inspired science followers (who are usually nerds) more that his actual scientific work — which wasn’t particularly groundbreaking. Having said that Physics and physicists don’t interest me much so maybe I’m wrong.
He DID do groundbreaking work but in a relatively narrow area, blackholes. He was no Einstein or Newton that's for sure. He did of course popularize science, so that's good. I saw a show about him giving a "big presentation" at a big physicists conference. The press of course made it seem as if Einstein himself was presenting. But they interviewed other theoretical physicists and you could tell by their body language and commentary that it was nothing big, his ideas that is, but they didn't want to speak ill either.