TIL The ashes of Stephen Hawking were buried between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, in a section of Westminster Abbey known as the “Scientists Corner.” As a final tribute, during the burial, the European Space Agency beamed recordings of Hawking’s voice to the nearest black hole.


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TIL The ashes of Stephen Hawking were buried between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, in a section of Westminster Abbey known as the “Scientists Corner.” As a final tribute, during the burial, the European Space Agency beamed recordings of Hawking’s voice to the nearest black hole.



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  1. I think that’s really cool that Westminster Abbey has a section dedicated to the intellectual titans of all time that have immeasurably advanced the endeavors of humanity. I just hope they have enough room in that section for when Paris Hilton passes away.

  2. So, beaming the recording into a black hole on one hand sounds like beaming it into the trash, but… one feature of black holes is the time dilation caused by intense gravity. Once that recording passes the event horizon it will spiral into the black hole at increasingly slower speeds (from our perspective). In a way, those recordings have now become preserved to infinity.

  3. It’s so strange, when I went to westminster looking for newton’s grave I thought it would be more like a tomb but it’s just in the middle of the floor between pews. You just walk all over them and it’s super crowded in there. Weird experience.

  4. When I die, I want to be hooked to a high altitude balloon and dropped without a parachute onto a slab of concrete to see how much of a splatter I can make. Then the concrete slab can be sealed, framed, and sold as “art”.

    Then other people can say, “He wanted his funeral to be like his own life: A giant stupid pointless mess, ugly and gruesome, but also kinda hilarious.”

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