RIP Stephen Hawking

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RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Herbidacious » March 14th, 2018, 7:51 am

Gosh. (Words fail a bit other than platitudes.)
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby scullion » March 14th, 2018, 7:57 am

you beat me to it.
the loss of a great man.
there will be a hole in the world of physics that'll be difficult to fill - unlike a black hole.

would he have appreciated leaving on pi day?
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby icelesley » March 14th, 2018, 8:05 am

So sad RIP Stephen. A friend of mine met him, he said he was amazing.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby suffolk » March 14th, 2018, 8:11 am

"Remember to look up at the stars, not down at your feet."
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby earthmaiden » March 14th, 2018, 9:04 am

Every so often there is someone who makes the very most of life and contributes to mankind to a degree it is hard for those leading more mundane lives to fathom. What a wonderful example. :kneel: :kneel: :kneel: RIP
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Sloe-Gin » March 14th, 2018, 9:25 am

May his legacy continue to infinity
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby StokeySue » March 14th, 2018, 9:54 am

He kept going to the end, he must have recorded his part in Hitchhiker's Guide quite recently
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 14th, 2018, 10:15 am

I woke up to this sad news and still cannot shift the tears out of my eyes. He has been such an inspiration to many and i am sure will continue to be so. A big, big loss.

I have just repotted my rose and have been trying to come up with a name for her. I think she is now a he named Stephen.

RIP Mr Hawking.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Seatallan » March 14th, 2018, 11:24 am

A truly great and iconic man.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Ratatouille » March 14th, 2018, 1:08 pm

I think he would be very happy that his last contribution has been on Hitchhikers - I imagine he would like that :kneel: :kneel:

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby earthmaiden » March 14th, 2018, 2:05 pm

I did have a copy and I made myself read it ... how much I absorbed is a different matter! I really don't have a scientific mind :(
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby StokeySue » March 14th, 2018, 2:08 pm

I read the library copy, or most of it. I found it hard work, too mathematical for me, and some jumps I didn't quite follow.

I found the supporting articles in New Scientist easier going.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Ratatouille » March 14th, 2018, 2:49 pm

I managed the first chapter - Mr R - a fully paid up non scientist got all the way through. He is however and avid Sci-fi reader. I bet he couldn't do the end of term test though :lol:
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Chinchilla_lady » March 14th, 2018, 3:21 pm

Everyone else has echoed my feelings and thoughts. He will remain one of my all time heroes. RIP.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Pepper Pig » March 14th, 2018, 3:56 pm

I'm sad of course but I'm finding it gently funny (in that they all had a good innings) that Ken Dodd, Stephen Hawking and now Jim Bowen have all died in the last couple of days. ;) I hope Stephen is having a laugh in that company. And I hope that the end wasn't too traumatic for any of them of course. :(

I remember when Princess Diana died that Mother Teresa was the next day and then the wonderful Sir Georg Solti the same week.

Or is it just me that thinks these things come in threes?
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby liketocook » March 14th, 2018, 4:59 pm

RIP Mr Hawking, seems fitting that he died on "Pi" day (3.14)
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Seatallan » March 14th, 2018, 5:35 pm

:lol: Nice one LTC!!

Mr S and I have a saying- 'one of those Stephen Hawking moments'. It's when, very briefly, you nearly understand something and then it drifts away again. Something we both experienced in spades when reading 'A brief history of time'. :D
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby earthmaiden » March 14th, 2018, 7:19 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:I'm sad of course but I'm finding it gently funny (in that they all had a good innings) that Ken Dodd, Stephen Hawking and now Jim Bowen have all died in the last couple of days. ;) I hope Stephen is having a laugh in that company.

Makes you hope you're not saddled with whoever you cross the pearly gates with doesn't it :lol: :lol:
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Pepper Pig » March 14th, 2018, 7:22 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: Exactly!

(Praying Gregg Wallace has many more or less years than myself). ;)
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 14th, 2018, 8:02 pm

Just watching the Horizon programme about Stephen and remembering how my toenail of a maths teacher crushed my hopes of achieving anything in that field of education. I was so keen to wrap my whole head around the subject. He nailed the coffin for me and pushed me into the arts including music and cookery, so maybe he did me a favour!
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby StokeySue » March 14th, 2018, 10:56 pm

The Dara O Briain documentary is onnow Wednesday 11.45)

For me Jim Bowen is#4, [arguably] the world's greatest backgammon player, Paul Magriel, aka X22 died last week. I knew himslightly, and he is much missec
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Gruney » March 15th, 2018, 12:08 am

TeresaFoodie wrote:Just watching the Horizon programme about Stephen and remembering how my toenail of a maths teacher crushed my hopes of achieving anything in that field of education. I was so keen to wrap my whole head around the subject. He nailed the coffin for me and pushed me into the arts including music and cookery, so maybe he did me a favour!


I'm really sorry, but I don't understand what you are trying to say here. However.if you are still keen to wrap your whole head around the subject, why not do so with the Open University? It's been going for years.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 15th, 2018, 3:49 am

I have studied with OU before Gruney so I know how good they are. What I was trying to say but obviously failed (?) is that at a time when my brain was at its prime for absorbing information, my maths teacher put me off for life.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Pepper Pig » March 15th, 2018, 7:28 am

I swim with an OU course setter. She was telling me that they are no longer attracting the number of students that they once did. This is, in the main, down to the expense. Like all Unis the fees have risen drastically and there are very few sponsored places. There is also competition with some of the online Mickey Mouse degree establishments.

However, they are offering a number of short free courses. You might be interested in one of these Teresa.

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-cour ... -catalogue

There are also some cheaper fixed length programmes. I intend to enrol on the Photography one at some stage. I am a great OU supporter. I did my degree with them and it opened a whole new world to me - far more than the Royal Academy of Music did when I studied there for 3 years.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 15th, 2018, 7:36 am

Thanks for that link. I do remember about a year ago sending off for a prospectus with OU and noticing how their prices had rocketed since the last time I looked. I ditched it as a bad idea financially at this moment in time. Shame because I did enjoy studying with them.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby earthmaiden » March 15th, 2018, 8:17 pm

I was halfway though a degree course when the prices went up drastically and I could no longer afford to continue. The modules were all so good and as I didn't need a degree for anything much I did a variety of subjects. PP seems to have a grip on today's fees but there was a time when people on low incomes could get quite a bit of help. I expect those days are long gone :( .
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Grasshopper » March 15th, 2018, 8:40 pm

Been a rotten few days, hasn't it? Sir Ken, then Prof. Hawking and Jim Bowen.

It must have been so frustrating for Stephen to have a mind like his and be trapped in an immobile body. :(

I remember watching Bullseye. They should forget about a reboot - it just wouldn't be the same without Mr B! :kneel:

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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby patpoyntz » March 15th, 2018, 8:47 pm

I feel I was so lucky to be able to do an OU degree when they were still affordable. It was a time in my life, when for various reasons, I didn’t feel it was right for me to return to my profession, and yet needed to push myself and my mind. I decided to do the hardest thing for me to make it worth while, and did, after a science foundation course, pure maths. It was an absolute joy and wonder, and enormously hard work. I have never actually used my degree, because I did go back to my old job, but I do feel it enriched my life enormously. As an add-on, my youngest son became a petroleum geologist, and says it was the geology maps of the world which I pinned up during my foundation course which inspired him on his chosen career.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Gruney » March 16th, 2018, 8:08 am

It's a few years since I studied with the OU, but I'm quite certain there were huge concessions for students on benefits etc. Has this been abandoned?
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Badger's mate » March 16th, 2018, 8:20 am

For me Jim Bowen is#4, [arguably] the world's greatest backgammon player, Paul Magriel, aka X22 died last week. I knew himslightly, and he is much missec


I read that sentence, possibly in haste, and for a few moments thought 'I didn't know that Jim Bowen was a top backgammon player'
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby StokeySue » March 16th, 2018, 8:35 am

:oops:
Bowen wasn't a patch on X22 though
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Pepper Pig » March 16th, 2018, 8:56 am

Gruney wrote:It's a few years since I studied with the OU, but I'm quite certain there were huge concessions for students on benefits etc. Has this been abandoned?


Yes I think so. Even when I did mine (between 1986-1996) there were big changes in the funding. Now that Student Loans are a thing (rather than Student Grants) I'm pretty sure my chum said everyone has to pay full whack but I could be wrong.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Seatallan » March 16th, 2018, 9:28 am

I think you're right PP. I know I looked it up for someone not so long ago and that there were no obvious concessions.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby smitch » March 16th, 2018, 9:30 am

Pepper Pig wrote:
Gruney wrote:It's a few years since I studied with the OU, but I'm quite certain there were huge concessions for students on benefits etc. Has this been abandoned?


Yes I think so. Even when I did mine (between 1986-1996) there were big changes in the funding. Now that Student Loans are a thing (rather than Student Grants) I'm pretty sure my chum said everyone has to pay full whack but I could be wrong.


Yes, funding is based on student loans now as part time and distance learning students are eligible to apply for funding (unless you already have a degree). They do have some bursaries available for students on low incomes and additional support for students with a disability, but the fee rate is standard. Funding varies depending on which part of the UK you live in as student finance is devolved.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby Pepper Pig » March 16th, 2018, 9:36 am

Thanks for clarifying Smitch. When I did mine I got a grant for the first year so it was free. The second year involved a fee and then I took a couple of years out. When I came back to it I was paying much more but nothing like what they are asked for these days.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 16th, 2018, 9:37 am

I've been trying to register for OU free courses this morning. They recognise my email address as being one used for previous enquiries and they want a password! Don't you hate it when that happens and you have a head like a sieve!?
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby suffolk » March 16th, 2018, 10:05 am

You'll have to click on the 'I can't remember' option ... I do it all the while :oops:
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 16th, 2018, 3:15 pm

I'll have a look for the 'Click here if you are a donut' link. :lol: Thanks suffs. :tu:
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