3 thoughts on “RIP Stephen Hawking”

  1. he remains an inspiration for getting this far in both longevity and intellectual contribution. nevertheless, compared to other science writers and researchers, he is an overrated celeb mainly because of his left-wing activism and political siding with libs. I read A Brief History of Time with interest but books I read after it were way better (John Gribbin, Ian Nicholson, Fred Alan Wolf etc) including Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” which predates Hawking’s.

    1. Indeed. As Roger Penrose remarks in his obituary (linked to above)

      It seems clear that he took great delight in his commonly perceived role as “the No 1 celebrity scientist”; huge audiences would attend his public lectures, perhaps not always just for scientific edification.

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