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Stephen Hawking to Speak at Caltech
Pasadena Now ^ | January 12, 2011

Posted on 01/15/2011 1:46:39 PM PST by concentric circles

This talk by Professor Hawking is a unique opportunity to see him in person and be immersed in his mind’s world.

Stephen Hawking will give a free talk entitled “My Brief History” on Tuesday, January 18, at 8:00 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium.

Stephen Hawking is the Director of Research in the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Hawking has given the world insights into the birth of the universe, the deaths of black holes, and the future of the human race. His worldwide bestseller A Brief History of Time is a landmark in science writing. He did much of his seminal research on black holes during a yearlong visit to Caltech in 1974-75. Since 1992, Caltech has been Hawking’s home away from home; he spends about a month each year here (thanks to Fairchild Foundation support), carrying out research and exchanging ideas with Caltech faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

This talk by Professor Hawking is intended for a general audience, and is a unique opportunity to see him in person and be immersed in his mind’s world.

This event is open to the public, free of charge, and no tickets are required. Parking for Beckman Auditorium is located at 332 South Michigan Avenue, Pasadena (south of Del Mar Boulevard). For further information, call the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: blackholes; cosmology; theoreticalphysics

An heir to Isaac Newton's position as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, Mr. Hawking will give his annual talk at CalTech. Those interested in attending will want to arrive very early. There will also be a video feed to a nearby hall and an audio feed outside the auditorium.

1 posted on 01/15/2011 1:46:41 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: concentric circles

Bethca’ $10 he won’t use teleprompters. Although, he might use those cheat sheets I loaned him.


2 posted on 01/15/2011 1:49:42 PM PST by minespacer
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To: concentric circles

I would love to talk with this guy.
I have a theory on Gravity Waves I’d love to get his insight on......


3 posted on 01/15/2011 1:49:58 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: minespacer

Betcha’ $20. :^)


4 posted on 01/15/2011 1:52:12 PM PST by minespacer
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To: concentric circles

Technically, I guess his voice synth will be doing the speaking, won’t it? Kinda like what the TOTUS does for Barry.


5 posted on 01/15/2011 1:55:08 PM PST by bigbob
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To: EveningStar; KevinDavis; The Comedian

Whether you believe that a black hole is a gravitational singularity or an electro-magnetic phenomenon in a local plasma field, you will want to attend this talk by this cultural icon and rock star of theoretical physics.


6 posted on 01/15/2011 1:57:02 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: bigbob
Technically, I guess his voice synth will be doing the speaking, won’t it? Kinda like what the TOTUS does for Barry.

Betcha his is the updated model that has eliminated the need for so many "um, hmm, uh" and time wasting phrases such as "let me be clear."

7 posted on 01/15/2011 2:02:07 PM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: concentric circles

meh, just another darwinist athiest.


8 posted on 01/15/2011 2:02:51 PM PST by balch3
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To: concentric circles

“...Stephen Hawking to Speak...”
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False advertising.


9 posted on 01/15/2011 2:03:56 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: bgill

.................. time wasting phrases such as “let me be clear.”.......................

This will certainly be a “teachable moment”!


10 posted on 01/15/2011 2:05:56 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips Sink Ships)
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To: minespacer; bigbob

I am certain there will be no telepromters on stage with Hawking. He doesn’t hesitate to take questions and he doesn’t obsfucate with a blizzard of words when things get tough. Nor does he control the composition of his audience. However, his prepared “remarks” will have been created in advance.


11 posted on 01/15/2011 2:07:56 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: concentric circles
"Where is Stephen? There he is. Stand up Steve and let everyone get a look at you!"


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

12 posted on 01/15/2011 2:09:04 PM PST by The Comedian (Sarah Palin: America's last, best hope.)
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To: concentric circles

This will be SRO for a quarter-mile radius, circles.


13 posted on 01/15/2011 2:09:35 PM PST by golux
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To: concentric circles

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. (Einstein)


14 posted on 01/15/2011 2:15:04 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: balch3

“meh, just another darwinist athiest.”

Yeah, nothing interesting here. Just stuff like stunningly thrilling thoughts, hypotheses, observations and proofs on the known outer limits of the infinite glory of G-d’s creation.

But hey, the guy doesn’t even go to your Church, right? He must be evil, or at least a fool.


15 posted on 01/15/2011 2:15:50 PM PST by golux
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To: The Comedian

I’m a hugh fan of dark humor.


16 posted on 01/15/2011 2:18:22 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: MaxMax
Humor so black, punchlines so dense, that even laughter can't escape...


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

17 posted on 01/15/2011 2:22:16 PM PST by The Comedian (Sarah Palin: America's last, best hope.)
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To: The Comedian

“Ah, bless his heart. But he is clean and articulate!”


18 posted on 01/15/2011 2:22:59 PM PST by minespacer
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To: The Comedian

LOL, brilliant narrative.


19 posted on 01/15/2011 2:32:02 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: golux; balch3
"He must be evil, or at least a fool."

But at least, he can spell atheist, unlike balch3.

20 posted on 01/15/2011 2:42:17 PM PST by PatHimself
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To: golux

Dr. Albert Mohler has Hawking pegged
http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/09/07/no-need-for-god-stephen-hawking-defies-divine-creation/


21 posted on 01/15/2011 3:01:40 PM PST by balch3
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To: golux; balch3

Stephen Hawking has convinced himself that there is enough energy in the quantum flux to spawn the Universe.

If that’s true then perhaps it happened more than once. In fact maybe universes are being spawned everywhere every instant. Many

If the spontaneous generation or the first cell was improbable then an infinite number of parallel universes would make it a certainty. We’re just lucky to live in a universe where we happened along. ;)

Choose your God. The quantum flux or the Creator who loved you enough to die for you.


22 posted on 01/15/2011 3:07:33 PM PST by UnChained (Obama is destroying the dollar...Why?)
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To: concentric circles
Professor Hawking has a good sense of humour.

Stephen Hawking comments on being on The Simpsons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ei-pKsNiINk

23 posted on 01/15/2011 3:28:02 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: UnChained

You are the one drawing conclusions on the subject of whether or not a certain limited idea of G-d fits neatly with certain limited observations. Hawking’s, mine, or yours. These things are unimportant - ask Job, Moses, or Abraham, if you don’t wish to ask Jesus.

G-d is infinite, and we are finite. This means that by definition we cannot understand G-d. We can worship Him, and accept his Word, (and accept the notion that he had a special Son, for instance, etc.) but we cannot fully understand G-d, or His Creation.

We can, however, keep reaching.

Do you think it is sinful to do so? Is astrophysics also “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?” What about nuclear physics? What about... Physics?

I don’t think Hawking’s brand of scientific inquiry is wrong at all. He may have beliefs that are different from my own (or he may not), but he has spent his life as a pioneer, guiding us through certain deepening mysteries of the known and unknown Universe.

That is a higher and “holier” calling, to me, than, for instance, feeding wafers to folks once a week whilst promising them eternal deliverance if only they’ll fondle a graven image, or sitting in a confessional listening to dirty stories, or for that matter re-inventing your notion of G-d on a daily basis in accordance with shifting interpretations of the “Testaments” and the whims of whatever Post-Reformation Spiritual Assembly strikes your fancy. Now that’s just me. You can and should feel differently, in accordance with your personal convictions regarding the Almighty.

But can it possibly bother us that He may or may not have created more than one Universe, or a quadrillion at once, when we cannot even fathom the most fundamental aspects of the forces (i.e. gravity) which govern our own tiny blessed, accursed, floating sphere?

To me it all just adds to the wonder of creation, and the glory of G-d.

We DO agree that it’s a sphere, now...

Right?


24 posted on 01/15/2011 3:51:15 PM PST by golux
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To: golux

Since asked..

Yes, the Earth is roughly a sphere and roughly 7,000 years old. The cosmos may be considerably older yet still was created supernaturally on day 4 of the creation week.

There, I’m properly pigeonholed.


25 posted on 01/15/2011 5:36:41 PM PST by UnChained (Obama is destroying the dollar...Why?)
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To: UnChained

...And who made the “Quantum Flux?”

LOL.

Reminds me of a story from Albert Einstein’s career. At some point he was explaining certain facets of General Relativity to a non-scientist crowd, when some old lady who had had enough of what she perceived to be nonsense blurted out from the aisles:

“That’s all fine and dandy, Dr. Einstein, but you can’t prove it. Well I say the whole Universe rests on the back of a giant turtle!”

Einstein paused and responded:

“What is the turtle standing on?”

The audience turned to hear her response:

“Very clever, Dr. Einstein... But it’s turtles all the way down!”


26 posted on 01/16/2011 5:26:44 AM PST by golux
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To: golux

God is the Fourth dimensional observer or if you believe in more dimensions than the usual three, the X dimensional observer to indicate that the transcendent creator is not contained by what he caused.

I admit that I tend to try to interpret reality within a worldview based on a literal understanding of the Bible. This is actually logical if one starts with a personal knowledge of God as a given. Everything HAS to conform to what you know.

I tend to be a young Earth creationist. Until recently I thought that the Cosmos had to be young also, but a photograph of galaxies in collision that appeared to be shredding each other for over 100k years forced me to change my mind. If the creation account was endorsed by Jesus then it must be true also. My current best “fit” theory has God using relativistic effects to allow vast ages for the Cosmos that was created on day 4 of the creation week 7000 years ago.

So far the God that I know personally seems to want me to accept the Bible literally.

If we posit that GOD used the quantum flux to spawn the Universe and perhaps a infinite number of parallel universes then well and good. I have a hard time with the idea since that doesn’t seem to agree with what he had Moses write down for us.

It’s not a belief when you know. In the Universe of those who know Him he is more certain a constant than the speed of light. While I might be wrong in my interpretation of the Bible I can’t be wrong about Him.

He alone is transcendent enough to be the “cause” of boundless time and space if indeed they are boundless.

Even though the concepts of “outside” and “before” are paradoxical when talking about the spacetime continuum that is still the best way to visualize the transcendent Creator of the Universe. He caused it and isn’t contained by it.

Stephen Hawking’s theory is an attempt to deny the existence of the personally knowable God. I can be confident that he is wrong in his reasoning on that score.

Regards


27 posted on 01/16/2011 10:30:02 AM PST by UnChained (Obama is destroying the dollar...Why?)
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To: UnChained

I agree with you and am blessed to have received your insights and thoughts.


28 posted on 01/16/2011 1:18:51 PM PST by golux
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