British scientist Stephen Hawking appears during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in London last year.
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September 17, 2013 The man, who has lived for years with Lou Gehrig's disease and is considered among the world's most brilliant living scientists, said: "We don't let animals suffer, so why humans?"
Chuck Palahniuk rides the Paris subway on Sept. 29, 2006.
July 24, 2013 Also: James Lasdun on turning down Doris Lessing; Stephen Hawking's new memoir; why Barnes & Noble isn't dead yet.
British cosmologist Stephen Hawking gives a talk to workers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on April 9.
May 8, 2013 The physicist said his decision as based on the advice of his Palestinian contacts. Hawking is one of the most prominent figures to join the academic boycott of the Jewish state. His decision has been criticized and labeled hypocritical.
May 16, 2011 "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail," he tells The Guardian. "There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."
Deep space; deep questions.
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September 3, 2010 The famed physicist argues in a new book that "spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing."
May 12, 2010 Steven Hawking tells you how to build a time machine.
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