Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Kirstie Alley's heartless reaction to Stephen Hawking death

Kirstie Alley's heartless reaction to Stephen Hawking death

IPC President Andrew Parsons will deliver a message paying tribute to Hawking, a theoretical physicist who died Wednesday at age 76, during the closing ceremony on Sunday, according to IPC communications director Craig Spence.

Hawking's theories have unlocked a universe of possibilities that NASA and the world are exploring today.

Hawking lived with a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of ALS that gradually paralyzed him over the years. He was a firm believer in facts and reason and a lifelong atheist.

The world's most expensive footballer Neymar has been mocked after posting an insensitive tribute to Stephen Hawking on social media.

And Noel Conway, a campaigner for a change in the law surrounding assisted dying, who lives near Shrewsbury, said: "He was a great man and a great inspiration to all of us suffering from MND".

Nobel laureate Art McDonald poses with the late Stephen Hawking at SNOLAB in 2012.

I ran into Stephen several times when I was at Caltech (which Hawking visited regularly), but a situation never developed in which we could "chat", as it were.

"Hawking had to aggressively face his own mortality every single day, it would have been understandable for him to abandon evidential reasoning and fall into the old adage that there are 'no atheists in a foxhole, '" Lianna Brinded, an atheist, wrote in the online magazine Quartz. Although his family was nominally Christian, they were really intellectuals and atheists.

At 17, Hawking was admitted on scholarship to study at Oxford after which he proceeded to Cambridge to begin his doctoral studies in gravity and cosmology. "I wanted to fathom the depths of the Universe". He added that with this he came to the realization that there is no heaven or afterlife and therefore we should appreciate the grand design of the universe in this one life.

Ravaged by the wasting motor neurone disease he developed at 21, Hawking was confined to a wheelchair for most of his life. His passing saddened many and has left an intellectual vacuum. At a conference in France that year, Hawking gathered a few colleagues and angrily confronted Bekenstein.

And in true brain-busting Hitchhiker's style, the show also implied that the Guide Mark II had spread itself throughout time and actually became Professor Stephen Hawking, rather than the other way around.

But despite the upgrades to the software, one thing remained constant: the voice itself.

Nothing kept him from his dreams. "He made us laugh and we made him laugh".

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