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Stephen Hawking seeks helping hand

2011-12-29 22:02

London - Can you help make Stephen Hawking's voice heard?

The famed British physicist is seeking an assistant to help develop and maintain his distinctive computer-assisted speech system.

Requirements posted to the 69-year-old's website include willingness to travel, computer literacy and the ability to work without the help of an instruction manual or tech support.

Hawking is known for his pioneering work on black holes, his popular books on cosmology, and his refusal to bow to the disease that left him almost completely paralysed.

He suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, which has confined the theoretician to a high-tech wheelchair equipped with an electronic voice synthesiser, which gives Hawking his distinctive robotic monotone.

Comments
  • Andries - 2011-12-30 01:47

    Professor Hawking has done so much to bring macro concepts into the minds and discussions of people who had not prior to his books and talks thought deeply about these universal issues. A full time IT technician will have the pride and later the memory of having been in personal contact of someone of who understood Albert Einstein's insights and brought them into the public domain as facts.

  • Botha - 2011-12-30 02:34

    This GOD hater and atheist deserves no mercy. Don't care about his high faluted theories and musings which will only be discredited by another scientist next week. He needs to change his arrogant attitude.

      Donovan - 2011-12-30 04:15

      Look who is talking! Another bible camp slave who criticises scientific theory, but who accepts a fable (with no verifyable evidence) as absolute reality. Hawking did more to further the knowledge of mankind in his lifetime alone than did all religious zealots combined, since the dawning of time.

      Garth - 2011-12-30 06:22

      Wow, botha, ignorance knows no bounds hey? `High faluted(sic) theories, musings, arrogant attitude'? Keep your ignorant nose stuck in your book of fables and leave the modern world and its developing brain to heroes like Hawking. Stay in the dark ages with your `god and book', boet.

      Ceorl - 2011-12-30 06:22

      "deserves no mercy" - How very Christian of you. It is you who sounds like the hateful, jealous one, and calling your attitude arrogant would be like calling a black hole large. Whether or not you care about his theories are irrelevant to whether or not they are true. If you knew anything at all about his work you would know that the theories he proposed back in the 60s were later validated by direct observational evidence.

      ftjsmit - 2011-12-30 06:41

      Nobody deserves God's mercy, not even you, he gives it in grace! I'm a Christian myself, yet intrigued by science and I believe that someday the two will be reconciled.

      Breinlekkasie - 2011-12-30 07:07

      This can only be the opinion of a coach patato mind that has not contributed one single creative idea and has been saturated with the paradigm that left humanity lost in the Dark Ages for centuries.

      Dirk - 2011-12-30 07:20

      The god of the atheists

      mbossenger - 2011-12-30 08:27

      Nice attitude, Botha. How dare we have people who think and come up with new ideas, eh? Especially when all the answers are in your little book. I bet you also think god is punidhing Stephen Hawking by giving him a debilitating disease?

      Mr C - 2011-12-30 11:22

      Opened yourself up to that im afraid Mr Botha :)

      mbossenger - 2011-12-30 11:34

      Dirk - oh crap, here I've been worshipping Dawkins all this time and now you tell me Hawking is the god of atheists. Colour me disappointed...

  • Breinlekkasie - 2011-12-30 07:11

    If there is one person on this planet I have respect for it is this man. Despite his disease and disability he has reached the top of the intellectual world and has contributed towards science maybe as much as Albert Einstein. His pure mathematical genius and scientific insight is something to strive for. It would be a privilege to work with someone of this caliber.

      Dirk - 2011-12-30 07:24

      And when he could not explain the "big bang" scientifically, he said it was pure luck. ??????

      mbossenger - 2011-12-30 08:32

      Dirk - I've got a question for you and the others here who like to try poke holes in the big bang theory and evolutionary theory, among others. If we found a piece of evidence that conclusively proved beyond doubt that evolution was false, where do you think that would leave us? Would it mean creationism was right? Nope, 'fraid not. You see, you would be left with no theory. By proving evolution wrong, you don't simply default to having creationism as a viable theory when there is still not a single piece of evidence supporting creationism.

      Mr C - 2011-12-30 11:25

      & then what mbossenger - non-believer’s simply look for other answers to how life began? The lost will walk around the proverbial mountain forever apparently

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