Stephen Hawking: Why We Should Go Into Space

Feb 27, 2009

Next week Stephen Hawking will be visiting Caltech to give his annual public lecture. One of the world’s most famous scientists, Hawking is the author of the bestselling A Brief History of Time and has been a leading researcher on everything from black holes to the nature of space. Although he usually works at Cambridge University, where he holds the Lucasian Professorship, he is also the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at Caltech. It would be safe to bet he’s the biggest crowd pleaser the Division of Physics, Mathematics, & Astronomy ever brings to town. Due to the massive crowds he has drawn in the past, this year’s event will be held at the newly renovated Pasadena Convention Center, and we’re giving you plenty of notice so you can get tickets before they sell out. The Caltech website assures us that Dr. Hawking’s talk is meant for general audiences, so it shouldn’t fly over our heads. A must-see event.

Monday, March 9
8 p.m.
Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena
Tickets are $10. They must be bought in person or on the phone — no online sales. Info here.

2 Responses for “Stephen Hawking: Why We Should Go Into Space”

  1. Ann Erdman says:

    We’re excited that Dr. Hawking will be one of the first guest speakers at Pasadena Convention Center!

    The first major event will be next week when the California Police Chiefs Association comes for their annual conference. Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian will be sworn in as president of that organizaton next week.

  2. Burkhard says:

    Watch out for the UN as they might jump the bandwagon of alien piaanora and initiate a forum similar to the IPCC, perhaps lead by Prof Hawking to gather the opinions of physicists (some sort of consensus) to alert world leaders to the possibility of aliens attacking our civilization. If such a body exists, their job would be no difference to the IPCC in trying to exhort money from government around the worlds to build a space-defence system to ward off any aliens pre-emptive strikes on our planet.The idea is not new, String Theorist Prof. Michio Kaku had already talked about the possibility of existence of that are out there. Quantum physicist and parallel universe proponent Prof. David Deutsch has even . Some science writers are already talking about aliens that reside in other according to of particle physicist Prof. Lisa Randall.The global warming scare started like this. Some scientist (James Hansen) brought forward the idea of AGW. Later on, it was organized into a formal body (IPCC) and the rest (scaremongering) is history. So, with prominent physicists of today, entertaining the idea of some catastrophic attack from aliens could lead to international cooperation to build a space-based defence system. Guess what? It will be a massive tax on world governments to pay for such system.



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