101 thoughts on “Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

  1. imomushi8 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    As a mod, I think it’s important to try not to silence anyone here because this is an inherently emotional topic, but I would like to remind everyone to be thoughtful and mature in the comments.

    Further reading:

    * [NASA tweet](https://twitter.com/NASA/status/973787392590172160)
    * [Neil deGrasse Tyson tweet](https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/973772335537893377)
    * [Hawking’s AMA on /r/Science from two years ago](https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/3nyn5i/science_ama_series_stephen_hawking_ama_answers/)

  2. Kuroba March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    This one hits especially hard. One of the most iconic physicists in the history of mankind.

  3. xxthedrachexx March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    That headline made me freeze for a second, RIP.

  4. Meng-Hao March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    “I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”

    * Stephen Hawking

  5. okaybody March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Albert Einstein born March 14
    Stephen Hawking died March 14

  6. nuviremus March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Damn. His mind was absolutely invaluable. This is a shame.

  7. smithunbound March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I remember picking up “A Brief History of Time” my sophomore year in high school. Before then I was sort of interested in science, but that book was so approachable, without being dumbed down, and utterly fixated me on physics. It is THE reason I pursued physics at university.

    Rest in Peace Professor Hawking, you inspired a generation and beyond.

  8. takatori March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Assuming he wrote something ahead of time, he’s uniquely positioned to speak at his own funeral.

  9. offshorewind March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Stephen will have left us with some of the innovative and ground breaking thinking about the nature of existence. He will also serve as an incredible story of how to go on living an incredible life despite a debilitating disease. What a legend. Cheers to Stephen and long live science.

  10. chicken_dinnner March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    For those who haven’t seen it already, the film based on Hawking’s life, The Theory of Everything, is truly beautiful.

  11. heil_to_trump March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Safe trip to the cosmos, RIP Stephen hawking and give Bowie our regards

  12. sharkbag March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    He was broken but now he’ll fly amongst the stars

  13. theycallmepumba March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    My current supervisor was one of his PhD students, so I felt like a grand-graduate student of his. Very sad to hear. What an incredible physicist who accomplished so much given his circumstances. His contributions to physics will ensure his memory and inspiration continue to live on.

  14. Debonaire_Death March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    According to therapeutic data on ALS, Hawking should have died of the disease when he was around 27 at the latest. Apparently there is [only one other person](http://www.medicaldaily.com/stephen-hawking-oldest-als-survivor-physicist-has-defied-odds-407864) who has survived that long with the disease.

    You can’t help but wonder if his singular endurance with the condition may not have the same underlying cause as his brilliance. For a 76 year-old, he lived an incredibly full life. He will be remembered and celebrated, which is more than many can hope for, and he stands as a beacon of hope for disabled people everywhere.

    Good night, sweet prince.

  15. cuddle_cuddle March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Not only was he the one that prompt me to study physics at the tender age of 10, but I also had the rare opportunity and pleasure to meet him.

    He had a tour around our lab and brought smiles on everyone’s face.

    I’m just happy that we get to have him for so long, and happy to be in the same universe as him.

    So long, Stephen. We’re all star stuff.

  16. UnfairResearcher March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” -Stephen Hawking

    RIP Dr Hawking, know that, though you cannot be replaced, others will carry on towards yours, and all of science’s, goal

  17. okaybody March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Holy crap this is real? I can’t believe it…. the genius of our time… just gone like that

  18. johnnymo1 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    He was a truly rare person for being a great popularizer of physics who also did truly great physics. The singularity theorems are one of the most beautiful results in physics to me. *The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time* should be required reading for anyone with an interest in gravitational physics or cosmology.

  19. kabooozie March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I can’t believe it. One of the most inspirational things he said was that, even though his body was trapped in a wheelchair, his mind was free to explore the universe.

  20. Bar_Mitzvah_MC March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    A Brief History of Time was one of the books I read as a young man that led me to a career in physics. Thank you Professor Hawking.

  21. dysgraphical March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I thought this was a terrible internet hoax. Really sad to hear it’s true. The world just got a teeny bit less smart today.

  22. BlackCatsHat March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    What a sad day. I thought the death sprees of the last couple years was over.

    No way was he expected to live this long and the man defied all expectations to become an exceptional human.

  23. PloppyCheesenose March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    He was one of the inspirations that got me into physics. I received his book *A Brief History of Time* as a Christmas present as a child. I was always impressed that, despite how immeasurably difficult his life was, he still decided to contribute knowledge with one clicked letter at a time.

  24. Ratmatazz March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I’m so sorry for our loss.

  25. RubyLight March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Don’t really know what to say other than Hawking was a wonderful human being and an inspiration. He represented some of the best that humanity had to offer. He was brilliant and fortunately he lived A LOT longer than anticipated when given his diagnosis. RIP ;_;

  26. jonnubroth March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I know he was in a wheelchair with that disease, but damn he looked good for 76! I always thought he was 50!

  27. elaxxx March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    “It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.” -Stephen Hawking.

    I know it’s in bad taste, but he also said, “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” RIP. I wish we could learn more from his knowledge, but I hope we see greater growth from his impact on the world.

  28. Chudfacee March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Honestly, I’ve never paid much attention to physics it was always way over my head, but I’ve always took time to read anything mr Hawkings wrote. He had a way of connecting me into understanding and enjoying certain theoretic explainations! Rip to this legend

  29. Dynomie March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Thank you for how much you advanced humankind.

  30. cheezynutz March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    And to know doctors predicted his death much too prematurely. Hawking was a hero for the inquisitive, and a giant of cosmology. May his example live on in us

  31. foxj36 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    My grandma got me Stepehen Hawking’s A Briefer History of Time when I was around 18. This is just a shorter more simplified version of his most famous book, A Brief History of Time. After I read it, I was inspired to become a physicist and study the universe just as Hawking had. I am now in a major university and I am doing research on the heavy ion collider at Brookhaven National Lab. This man inspired me to become everything that I am today and I learned countless lessons studying his work and his life. I don’t know what to say right now or how to feel. I know Professor Hawking would want us all to keep pushing on in science and in life.

  32. PFVMKDR3 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    No no no no no no nO NO NO NO NO FUCK FUCK FUCK SHIT

  33. Mikol_0 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Yo as someone who grew up watching a lot of physics and universe videos/tv shows, this hit hard.

  34. BrotherRangale March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    He made physics fascinating for everyone, whilst researching at the highest level.

  35. vrkas March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I used to read Brief History of Time in my high school maths classes instead of doing the work. Hawking’s message have got through somehow, in spite of my past laziness I’m now doing my PhD in particle physics.

  36. spling44 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    What a bummer. Rest in peace.

  37. bmfdan March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I still have the copy of A Brief History of Time and loan it out to my students all of the time. A titan of modern science. RIP.

  38. RUSSDIGITY117 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    You will be missed. Thank you for inspiring us all.

  39. julio9061 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    This is a very sad day, I am in disbelief and just staring at the headline 🙁 RIP Professor Hawking, thanks for teaching us so much. We have lost a giant today.

  40. SAB1997 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I’m drunk but fuck

  41. bigganya March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    RIP. Kind of a coincidence he left us on a PI(3.14) day

  42. gautampk March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Usually wake up to the news at 7am. I have never gone from being basically still asleep to fully awake so quickly.

  43. maks25 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    One of the brightest minds of our time! 🙁

  44. pablospc March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I was just started watching physics videos and how Stephen hawking was one of the greatest scientists, RIP 🙁

  45. ineffablesteak March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Wow… such a big loss. Rest in peace Hawking. Your humor will be missed.

  46. pete101011 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Truely an inspiration to everyone.

  47. PlumbumDirigible March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Damn, amazing he survived so long with his illness. And still being incredibly productive for so long too.

  48. intotheirishole March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Please tell me his mind was uploaded to a satellite where he will be safe forever…..


  49. WreckTangling March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    It’s really incredible he lived as long as he did.

  50. derivative_of_life March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Damn. You can argue all you want about who’s made the most contributions to physics, but there’s no doubt Stephen Hawking was a true icon.

  51. RMCaird March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I don’t think its ever bothered me when a celebrity has died, but this has truly made me sad 🙁

  52. eescholar123 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    What is with that tweet from Neil degrase Tyson? That dude is literally always in iamverysmart mode.

  53. footstarer March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    This thumbnail is always bad news.

    It’s a sad day for science and humanity.

  54. jrobear11 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    His body may be gone but his legacy will never die. R.I.P.

  55. CedL99 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Can’t believe it. Literaly watched his movie with Eddie Redmayne last week. This one is hard.

  56. SULTANGYPSYQUEEN March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    🙁 Guess he’ll just have to live on with the rest of the best, in the garden of my mind..

  57. solidstatebadboy March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Right in the midst of another space race. I hope he can finally rest in peace knowing we are finally headed in the right direction.

  58. czarist March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    this definitely comes as a shock, i thought it was some kind of joke when i read the headline.

    I have to say, though, his life seems like a life well lived. He massively outlasted his ALS prognosis and made great contributions to humanity.

  59. E_Chihuahuensis March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Fuck. Science besides, his witty remarks and self-deprecating sense of humour were everything.

  60. MMarshmallow_ March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Thank you Stephen for all you have done for science. 🙁

  61. cuntmuffin11 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” ~ Stephen Hawking

  62. vprakhov March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Not much of a book person, but remember being so enticed in A Brief History of time I read the thing in a weekend. A smart, brilliant, inspirational man. Will be missed.

  63. Aydarsh March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Stephen Hawking really had a great influence on my life… “The Universe in a Nutshell” was the book that inspired me to study physics in college! RIP

  64. AutumnStar March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm


    RIP Stephen Hawking. Truly an inspirational physicist for our generation.

  65. miramusq March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    It seems fitting that this is the first celebrity death to ever make me cry.

  66. lutef March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    My others spring from your shoulders in the pursuit of knowledge.

  67. aznassasin March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” RIP.

  68. Casewicked March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    As a true scientist, he left this world on 3.14. Godspeed sir…

  69. puppiadog March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    This guy proved how valuable a good mind is. He was able to accomplish more being bound in a wheelchair almost his entire life then most physically active people will.

  70. brokenwinds March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Died peacefully in his home. I didnt agree with him on alot of things but im so thankful his pain has ended. Nothing can be asked more for a man but to die peacefully

  71. BitKillerJone5 March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    – Stephen Hawking’s 3 favorite songs.

    “[Symphony Of Psalms](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DqWZGUO_eoc) was in fact the first piece of music Professor Hawking ever purchased. “I first became aware of classical music when I was 15,” he said. “LPs had recently appeared in Britain. I ripped out the mechanism of our old wind-up gramophone and put in a turntable and a three-valve amplifier. I made a speaker cabinet from an old book case, with a sheet of chip-board on the front. The whole system looked pretty crude, but it didn’t sound too bad. At the time LPs were very expensive so I couldn’t afford any of them on a schoolboy budget. But I bought Stravinsky’s Symphony Of Psalms because it was on sale as a 10” LP, which were being phased out. The record was rather scratched, but I fell in love with the third movement, which makes up more than half the symphony.”

    [Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 1](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aNOdaBJbT8A)Professor Hawking was actually inspired to buy a collection of Wieniawski’s music after hearing his second concerto on Radio 3 in the 1990s, but prefers the first in particular for its “haunting phrase in the first movement”.

    [Francis Poulenc’s Gloria](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ReqsEqKtyyA) is the final piece in Professor Hawking’s musical trilogy. Part of the work caused a “scandal” – in the French composer’s own words – when it was first performed in 1959 because of its unusual mixture of light-heartedness and spirituality. Poulenc later explained that he had been thinking of frescoes in which angels stick out their tongues and “serious Benedictines whom I saw playing soccer one day” when he wrote it.
    Professor Hawking first heard the Poulenc Gloria in Aspen, Colorado, during the resort’s 1995 music festival. “You can sit in your office in the physics centre there and hear the music without ever buying a ticket,” he said. “But on this occasion I was actually in the tent to hear the Gloria. It is one of a small number of works I consider great music.”

  72. Brood_Lord March 14, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    In the middle of watching a documentary about aliens, i see this post. Please dont be real.

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