Is Hawking the next Einstein?

Posted on October 2, 2010

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Peter: ” Is Stephen Hawking the next Einstein?”

Professor Wiggly: “I suspect not, but who knows? Both of them played in ivory tower  play pens – ivory tower boxes. Both produced exciting, blackboard solutions – surprising promissory notes – to important questions. Einstein promised that you could produce massive amounts of power (energy) from tiny bits of matter (mass). But it remained a promissory note until other scientists and engineers worked out a way to test it – and produced the atom bomb, and atomic energy. ”

Jenny: ” So both Einstein and Hawking produced blackboard solutions that excited other scientists, but so far only Einstein’s promissory note has been  successfully tested outside the ivory tower playpen and worked.”

Professor Wiggly: “Not only did the test impress other scientists but the results – atomic bombs – impressed the public as well. You didn’t have to be a scientist to appreciate the importance of Einstein’s promissory note. But Hawking’s  promissory note – that you can ‘produce the universe from nothing is different.  At this stage no one knows how to test it – it remains a blackboard solution, with the vague claims that physics has  now replaced God. Don’t hold your breath on that one.”

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