Episode #662

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Rockets

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Hawking did not learn to read until he was 8 and did poorly in school. https://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/famous-scientists/physicists/10-cool-things-stephen-hawking1.htm

  • Item #2 Science

    Hawking almost died in 1985 from pneumonia, but his wife would not let them take him off the ventilator, and instead he was given a tracheostomy. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/jul/28/stephen-hawking-doctors-life-support

  • Item #3 Fiction

    Although he never won a Nobel prize, Hawking was knighted by the Queen in recognition for his contributions to science. http://metro.co.uk/2018/03/14/stephen-hawking-declined-knighthood-7387166/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Prof Stephen Hawking