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Stephen Hawking passes away at age 76

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So then, why mourn? Contribution is permanent, at least for as long as it remains unchallenged by the observation of new facts or data that challenge the fundamental underlying theory, particularly important to the realm of physics.

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5 hours ago, Friendship is Horses said:

@AaronMk We mourn the people we miss, and humanity is really going to miss this friggin' genius. Reaching a certain age doesn't make one's death not sad! It always sucks, it's death. I miss my grandma, even if it was "her time to go".

 

The problem here is clinging to a single person and not the whole.

 

The physics community - or really, any scientific community - isn't the product of any single persons. It's a collective effort. I would sooner mourn the death of the physics community than a single person in it for the totality of research lost.

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