Marcus has passed on

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It is with great emotion that I announce the passing of our Marcus. Everybody knows here how much he gave to this community. He has been important for me, and for many young quantum-gravity enthusiasts. I learned the first things about loop quantum gravity thanks to him. He had an unique acute and sweet way to put everything. I loved it and I hope I will always bring it with me. And I loved and used this thread that he started. I hope we will keep it alive, in the spirit he made it.
Francesca
 
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It is with great emotion that I announce the passing of our Marcus. Everybody knows here how much he gave to this community. He has been important for me, and for many young quantum-gravity enthusiasts. I learned the first things about loop quantum gravity thanks to him. He had an unique acute and sweet way to put everything. I loved it and I hope I will always bring it with me. And I loved and used this thread that he started. I hope we will keep it alive, in the spirit he made it.
Francesca

Very sorry to hear this. Really.
He was a very friendly and inspiring presence here.
 
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I was always amazed and impressed by his patience and his willingness to give very detailed answers, many of which were very helpful to me and I'm very sure to many others as well.

He was a major force in PF and I will miss him, as will many others, I'm sure.

RIP
 
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This news truly shocks me. Although I didn't really engage in much discussion with him, he seemed well informed on a variety of physics topics and recent pre-print's and their popularity. He was also the person who guided me in the direction of a book that was in Italian, and soon to be published in English. That book will serve me a reminder of marcus. May he rest in peace.
 
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I'm in shock. Marcus was one of the first people on this forum that befriended me along with arildno, We discussed the Heimskringla, Icelandic sagas, interpretations from Olde English. He opened a whole new world to me.

I'm without words, what happened?
 
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This is a great loss, and more shocking because his online presence was so alive and vital. I'm trying to imagine scrolling through BtSM or Astro and not seeing that A. E. Neuman avatar....
 
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I'm without words, what happened?
I couldn't have said it better, :frown: RIP. Even being relatively new to the site it was obvious Marcus was instrumental in so much going on here.
 
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Marcus was invariably helpful, cheerful and good-tempered. Always happy to share his compendious knowledge and amazingly patient with those that were suffering from misconceptions. One of my favourite posters.
 
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I am sad to hear this. I always enjoyed talking to him here on PF and learnt a lot from him.
 
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No........

:cry:
 
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marcus and his posts were a big reason that I stuck around at the PF. He will be missed very much. RIP brother and mentor.
 
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My sincere condolences to those whose lives were touched by Marcus. Just from what I've read in this thread, it's clear he will be missed.
 
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He was one of a kind, a truly brilliant man so knowledgeable in so many areas, but he never made you feel dumb.
 
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He was one of a kind, a truly brilliant man so knowledgeable in so many areas, but he never made you feel dumb.
Even if I was.......
 
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Even if I was.......
I feel we were all dumb in some aspect compared to Marcus, I was always amazed at the extent of his knowledge.
 
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This makes me realize the quality of people PF has attracted and kept. I hope his passing was peaceful. May you rest in peace Marcus, and thank you for all you brought to me, you changed my life.
 
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Hi everyone -- Marcus's son here. Thank you all for the love and warmth here in this thread.

To answer the question about "what happened", it was esophagus cancer -- we found out about it in September, but by that point it was advanced to a level where not much could be done. We tried anyway -- chemo, radiation, etc. But, well...

I know he cared a whole lot about all of you guys. When I would see him or talk to him on the phone, he would often update me on what was going on here on PF, and how he was starting a poll or posting a summary of various papers or whatever else he would do on a regular basis. I empathized with how he felt about PF, since my generation grew up with the internet and I thought it was wonderful to see him bonding as deeply with you guys as I've bonded with the online communities I'm part of.

You guys rock. Hugs to you all.
 
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Hi everyone -- Marcus's son here. Thank you all for the love and warmth here in this thread.

To answer the question about "what happened", it was esophagus cancer -- we found out about it in September, but by that point it was advanced to a level where not much could be done. We tried anyway -- chemo, radiation, etc. But, well...

I know he cared a whole lot about all of you guys. When I would see him or talk to him on the phone, he would often update me on what was going on here on PF, and how he was starting a poll or posting a summary of various papers or whatever else he would do on a regular basis. I empathized with how he felt about PF, since my generation grew up with the internet and I thought it was wonderful to see him bonding as deeply with you guys as I've bonded with the online communities I'm part of.

You guys rock. Hugs to you all.

That's sad to hear. Your father sounds like a good man. RIP Marcus
 
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I always found Marcus's posts very helpful. Even though I never got to know him personally, I feel as thought I have lost a friend.
 
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Oh dear. I didn't know.
Good bye Marcus. You've helped me so much in this forum. May you find peace on you next journey.
 
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I know he cared a whole lot about all of you guys. When I would see him or talk to him on the phone, he would often update me on what was going on here on PF, and how he was starting a poll or posting a summary of various papers or whatever else he would do on a regular basis.

Thank you very much for the update @tamwuff, my deepest condolences.

This makes me tear up. Dissolves the disconnect we suffer from being an internet community. Shows how much real life impact we really have on each other that we don't even know about.
 
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Dear @tamwuff
My deepest condolence for you. Marcus had helped not just this forum, but many members here learning science and increase their knowledge and their curiosity.
And everytime many other and I learn science and read Marcus' post, Marcus' spirit will still alive. Now and ever.
 
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Hi everyone -- Marcus's son here. Thank you all for the love and warmth here in this thread.

To answer the question about "what happened", it was esophagus cancer -- we found out about it in September, but by that point it was advanced to a level where not much could be done. We tried anyway -- chemo, radiation, etc. But, well...

I know he cared a whole lot about all of you guys. When I would see him or talk to him on the phone, he would often update me on what was going on here on PF, and how he was starting a poll or posting a summary of various papers or whatever else he would do on a regular basis. I empathized with how he felt about PF, since my generation grew up with the internet and I thought it was wonderful to see him bonding as deeply with you guys as I've bonded with the online communities I'm part of.

You guys rock. Hugs to you all.
My deepest sympathies for you and your family. Your father was an extraordinary man. You have a lot to be proud of.
 
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I'm so sad hearing this :oldcry:. He was a legend here.

You guys rock. Hugs to you all.

My sympathies, tamwuff, and condolences to you and all Marcus's loved ones.
 
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That neither of us is an island never rang truer than today. We've lost the perfect educator, as willing to share his knowledge as he was selfless.
 
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Thank tamwuff for the update. My condolences to you and your family. I am very glad to have known marcus through PF.

BTW, marcus, if by any chance you are getting to ask God about whether LQG is right, do drop us a hint. Though of course not sure whether that answer would necessarily be right (going by the famous story with Pauli) http://math.bu.edu/people/jeffs/joke.html :oldtongue:
 
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This is sad...This is shocking!:cry::cry::cry:
I've always imagined him as an enthusiastic kid who is amazed with all the cool toys he's playing with. When you read his scientific posts, you really could feel all the excitement and amazement he had about science. He was great! This is a big loss!:cry::cry::cry:

I don't know what else to say.

R.I.P. dear Marcus!
 
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I cannot imagine PF in general or BTSM in particular without Marcus. He and bcrowell were my first PF friends, big part of what kept me here. Nothing I can say would do justice to the loss :oldcry::oldcry::oldcry::oldcry:
 
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Condolences.
 
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I am sad that I never got to interact with him since my understanding of relativity is so weak.

@tamwuff you lost a great friend and an even greater dad. My heart goes out to you. Take care.
 
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Sad to hear Marcus passed away. I think he was an example of friendliness and willingness to explain. @ Tamwuff: wish you all the strength you need for the time to come!

 
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