Stephen Hawking died Wednesday morning, age 76. Plenty of memories and tributes have been written, including these by me:
“Stephen Hawking’s Most Profound Gift to Physics,” in The New York Times — a piece concentrating on black hole evaporation and the information-loss puzzle.
“Stephen Hawking Was Very Particular About His Tea,” in The Atlantic — more focused on our personal interactions and Hawking’s human side.
I can also point to my Story Collider story from a few years ago, about how I turned down a job offer from Hawking, and eventually took lessons from his way of dealing with the world.
“What Would Stephen Hawking Do?“
Of course Hawking has been mentioned on this blog many times.
When I started writing the above pieces (mostly yesterday, in a bit of a rush), I stumbled across this article I had written several years ago about Hawking’s scientific legacy. It was solicited by a magazine at a time when Hawking was very ill and people thought he would die relatively quickly — it wasn’t the only time people thought that, only to be proven wrong. I’m pretty sure the article was never printed, and I never got paid for it; so here ...