Skip to comments.South Africa: Stephen Hawking seeks 'Einsteins of Africa'
Posted on 05/11/2008 2:31:15 PM PDT by yankeedame
By Sebastien Berger in Johannesburg
Last Updated: 9:18PM BST 11/05/2008
Stephen Hawking, the wheelchair-bound physicist, has launched a search for the "Einsteins of Africa" with a lecture in Cape Town.
Prof Hawking: 'The world of science needs Africa's brilliant talents'
Prof Hawking's speech at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), titled Universe, marked the expansion of the postgraduate institution in an effort to accelerate Africa's development.
Two Nobel physics laureates a prize which still eludes the author of A Brief History of Time along with the head of Nasa, also took part.
Prof Hawking, 66, said: "The world of science needs Africa's brilliant talents, and I look forward to meeting prospective young Einsteins from Africa in the near future. If my visit helps to create opportunities for Africans to enter maths and science, I will be delighted."
AIMS was founded four years ago by Neil Turok, professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge university, and an education activist. The centre receives six applications for every place and 160 people have graduated from it so far.
Prof Turok has co-developed advanced theories about the origins of the universe with Prof Hawking, but now has diametrically opposed views in certain areas.
"As well as an African Einstein, we want to see the African Gates, Brins and Pages of the future," he said, referring to the founders of Microsoft and Google.
Pretty forlorn hope, considering that Africa seems to be devolving at present.
I can’t wait to see where this post goes, I’ll check it later.
If it was safe for them to stay, many of Africa’s best and brightest would be building that continent up, given its vast natural resources (tantalum, gold, etc.)
If it wasn’t for the highest murder rate in the world, rampant pandemics, frequent wars, wild promiscuity leading to AIDS pandemics, entrenched corruption and tribalism ...
Which is why there are many talented Nigerian oil field workers in the US and South African nurses in Texas hospitals.
I wish them the best. Some great scientists have been African or of African descent, so there must be more to be found, if negative cultural and economic factors can be overcome.
As I like to point out, Thomas Sowell, America’s greatest living intellectual, is black. Nothing more need be said.
Why?To get more of this Anti-American bilge?
There were a few stories on FR about Wizards in Nigeria shrinking male genitalia.
Perhaps Mr Hawking should start there?
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She won the Nobel Peace Prize, not a science prize. There’s a difference.
Turn on the Jerry Springer show to watch any number of unbelievably stupid Americans. Yet the United States still produces large numbers of brilliant scientists. There are lots of uneducated people -- and surely more than a few stupid ones -- in Africa. That doesn't mean they can't have Einsteins eas well.
Obviously Mr. Hawking has not listened to Dr. Jeremiah Wright on Yoruba Mathmatics and African Logic or Bantu Physics. Mr. Hawking is obviously a captive of European thinking and does not understand this different African thinking.
Obviously Mr. Hawking has not listened to Dr. Jeremiah Wright on Yoruba Mathematics and African Logic or Bantu Physics. Mr. Hawking is obviously a captive of European thinking and does not understand this different African thinking.
Here’s hoping that “Einstein” is killed for being a witch.
That is, we hope he ISN’T killed for being a witch.
[Trying to type with cat taking bath on shoulder]
Lot’s of geniuses in Zimbabwe waiting to be discovered I am sure. sarc
Looking in one of the greatest places on earth. Moneywise anyway.
“If it wasnt for the highest murder rate in the world, rampant pandemics, frequent wars, wild promiscuity leading to AIDS pandemics, entrenched corruption and tribalism ...”
Why did you bring Philly into the discussion?
There's only one place that it can go --- to the dustbin of wishful thinking.
Or we can can all get lobotomies and embrace the fanciful fictional accounts of great (utterly lost) subsaharan African universities, languages, math and science achievements which all vanished *poof* from the earth before Neanderthals left their mark on Europe...
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