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All the good stuff is in the first 26 pages...

What aren't you reading? By looking at the top 5 most highlighted passages via Kindle in each book, Jordan Ellenberg has figured out which books are most unread: Take the page numbers of a book's five top highlights, average them, and divide by the number of pages in the whole book. He calls the result the Hawking Index, after the much-unread Brief History of Time, though Piketty seems to have knocked Hawking off his throne (all five top highlights come in the first 26 pages, out of 700). Also, everyone finishes The Goldfinch. Previous attempts to figure out what is least finished have been conducted by Goodreads (#1: Catch-22), and by the Guardian in 2007 (which may explain why Vernon God Little is #1), which included helpful summaries. What have you not finished recently?
posted by blahblahblah on Jul 6, 2014 - 103 comments

Everybody Talks About The Weather...

From I Fucking Love Science: "In a paper posted online this week Professor Stephen Hawking claimed that black holes do not exist - at least, not as we currently understand them. He claims that the traditional notion of a black hole's "event horizon" from which nothing can escape, even light, is incompatible with quantum physics. If so, physicists will have to redefine black holes entirely." [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Jan 27, 2014 - 44 comments

Black Hole Gobbles Up A Star

Two Billion years ago a black hole swallowed a star.
posted by holdkris99 on May 2, 2012 - 34 comments

Parachuting with Hawks

Parachuting with hawks (slyt)
posted by Pants! on Nov 10, 2011 - 31 comments

Stephen Hawking is afraid of one thing: aliens.

Stephen Hawking thinks that talking to aliens is a bad idea. [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Apr 25, 2010 - 132 comments

Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking lay it out, in song

A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Sep 24, 2009 - 33 comments

I love arachnids! I love hot magma!

Feel good hit of the year; Discovery Channel's 'I Love the Whole World' ad [more inside]
posted by oxford blue on Apr 19, 2008 - 103 comments

If anyone deserves to go....

Stephen Hawking in space. "On April 26, Dr. Hawking, surrounded by a medical entourage, is to take a zero-gravity ride out of Cape Canaveral on a so-called vomit comet, a padded aircraft that flies a roller-coaster trajectory to produce periods of weightlessness." [NY Times article]
posted by inconsequentialist on Mar 2, 2007 - 22 comments

Valentines for Perfect Strangers

Otto is just looking for a little love. Can you fit the bill?
posted by atom128 on Feb 8, 2006 - 16 comments

Dropping science like when Galileo dropped the orange

MC Hawking's A Brief History of Rhyme (Flash) silliness for a Tuesday afternoon.
posted by furtive on Mar 29, 2005 - 16 comments

Information Salvation

It would seem that black holes may not lose information after all, in which case Stephen Hawking has lost another bet.
posted by Songdog on Jul 16, 2004 - 24 comments

Buy Stephen Hawking's balloon basket

Balloon basket for sale. Low mileage. Only used by possibly the smartest man on the planet. [via linkdump]
posted by mr_crash_davis on Nov 13, 2003 - 17 comments

The World's most famous living scientist

The World's most famous living scientist turns 60 today. It's a noteworthy milestone for a brilliant individual.
posted by mrbula on Jan 8, 2002 - 9 comments

Humans Doomed Without Space Colonies.

Humans Doomed Without Space Colonies. The human race is likely to be wiped out by a doomsday virus before this millennium is out unless it starts to colonize space, top British scientist Stephen Hawking warned on Tuesday.
posted by stbalbach on Oct 16, 2001 - 31 comments

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