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Heartbreaking news - Stephen Hawking's departure :(

Did you notice this heart-breaking news when you woke up to this morning? He was one of my inspiring people who overcame their inability to live and contributed a lot to the modern science. His outstanding confidence and achievements helped prove that any kind of disabilities will not stop patients from living and achieving their goals :)

Does his departure affect you in any aspect?

Mar 14, 2018 8:20 AM
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I have always had mixed feelings about Steven Hawking as a physicist.

He suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) from a young age but his rare disorder never stopped him from earning a brilliant professional career. That alone is inspiring for me and deserves respect.

But what gives me the mixed feelings about him is how the media has turned him into a science hero and he never bothered to correct this fake public image. He was never a top physicist or a genius of any sort. He was indeed a public figure who popularized theoretical physics and cosmology. But his legacy has become highly overrated by the media. As a contemporary science public figure, he tried to explain the topics of physics which appear interesting to the general public but he was never a good promoter of actual physics like Richard Feynman and Leonhard Susskind in my opinion. As a scientist, he has done nothing significant that can be compared to today's giants of physics like Edward Witten, for instance. He also misused physics as a tool to discuss and to prove or disprove public beliefs based on his own ideas which is not the principal goal or concern of scientists when they do science.

Anyway, I read about his departure and it kind of made me sad. May he rest in peace.

March 14, 2018

@ThierryAms: I am criticizing the image of a public figure given to him by the media. I am not criticizing him personally. And I do not think criticism has anything to do with time. It was brought up now, so I shared my opinion.

Edit: On a second thought, I think I am also criticizing him for encouraging, or at least not stopping, this fake image. I stand by my opinion. He is a public figure. Public figures are seen as inspirations or role models by the public. Therefore, they can be judged or criticized by the public too.

March 14, 2018
I just read the news. He was a very inspiring man indeed. Happy that he could live up to the age of 76 despite his big disability.
March 14, 2018

He has been a source of inspiration for me. May his soul R.I.P.

I will always love you STEPHEN HAWKING.

March 14, 2018
Yes, amazingly, he stunned doctors by living more than 50 years even though he had been attacked by severe Pneumonia when he was merely 21 which left him breathing through a tube and impelled him to speak through an electronic device.  
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