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Does Stephen Hawking give autographs?

  1. Mar 10, 2009 #1

    Ben Niehoff

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    I'm going to a talk he's giving tonight, and I don't want to offend him somehow. I also don't know if he actually can, practically speaking...
     
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  3. Mar 10, 2009 #2

    cristo

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    Given that the guy can only move his eyes and his cheek muscle, no, he does not give autographs!
     
  4. Mar 10, 2009 #3
    Maybe he gives audiographs.
     
  5. Mar 10, 2009 #4
    hmmm, just wondering. How does he communicate then? I thought he could move his hands enough to controls a joystick or something. Surely he didnt morsecode eye blink his books? :)
     
  6. Mar 10, 2009 #5

    mgb_phys

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    He used to have a joystick but his illness has progressed so he can now only move a switch with his cheek.
    The software uses something like the predictive texting on a mobile phone but it's still pretty long winded to get an answer.

    On the plus side he isn't such a menace to cyclists anymore :tongue:
     
  7. Mar 10, 2009 #6
    Sure he does. I got him to sign this post:

    Stephen Hawking, Ph.D.
     
  8. Mar 10, 2009 #7
    maybe you could get a photo with the guy
     
  9. Mar 10, 2009 #8
    This is funny, because it seems that he would care about the "PhD" title. Please realize that a PhD is awarded by academic institutions. The vast majority of academic institutions out there would be happy if Stephen Hawking would award them a compliment ! Stephen Hawking holds Isaac Newton's chair.
     
  10. Mar 10, 2009 #9
    and their administrative skills are both legendary
     
  11. Mar 10, 2009 #10

    mgb_phys

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    Although he seems to have had it 'pimped' since then.
     
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  12. Mar 11, 2009 #11
    LOL. Not even Newton could have imagined how the chair wouldve been. Who know what it will be in another 200 years... time travel anyone? :O
     
  13. Mar 11, 2009 #12

    Chi Meson

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    If he can't move his hands, how is he holding up that chair?

    Bolted to his wheelchair, I assume.
     
  14. Mar 11, 2009 #13
    You are incredibly lucky to get to go see hims speak, I'd love to see that.

    I second the photo idea.
     
  15. Mar 11, 2009 #14

    Ben Niehoff

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    Well, I didn't get a chance for a photo at all. I took photos of him, but I never got near him. It was a nice speech, though.

    And in one slide he showed us the official bet with Thorne and Preskill. He did sign that document, with a smudge (that was probably a fingerprint).
     
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