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Hawking will join the facility next year

Physicist Stephen Hawking is set to become the first distinguished research chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, a top Canadian scientific trust looking to expand its roster of brilliant scientists.

Hawking will go there to work and conduct research, but will also likely give at least one public lecture and one technical lecture each time he stays in Ontario.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based institute focuses on quantum theory and gravity, and received donations from Research in Motion co-founder Mike Lazaridis and others.  Theoretical physics will remain a top priority of the Perimeter Institute, which was created in 2000.

Other areas of research include cosmology, particle physics, quantum gravity, quantum information, and superstring theory.

Hawking will conduct his first stay as PI at the facility sometime in the summer of 2009, officials said.  The research facility will look for as many as 40 international scientists over the next five to 10 years willing to accept visiting chair positions.

Hawking is best known for his theories on black holes and time, and has published two books:  "A Brief History of Time" and "A Briefer History of Time."

"I am honored to accept the first Distinguished Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute," Hawkins said in a statement.  "The Institute's twin focus, on quantum theory and gravity, is very close to my heart and central to explaining the origin of the Universe. I look forward to building a growing partnership between PI and our Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, at Cambridge. Our research endeavor is global, and by combining forces I believe we will reap rich rewards."

Hawking will be able to remain the head of the Cambridge Center for Theoretical Cosmology, although Hawking may retire from the center sometime in 2009.

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Just Something to Ponder On...
By Chipper Smoltz DT on 12/1/2008 7:51:16 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't there infinite smallness as well in infinite largeness?

With the advent of nano-technology, will there come a time wherein something man-made could be made that is so small similar to the size of a photon which could travel at the speed of light then hopefully there will be a way to enlarge this thing or as they assemble "en masse" form part of some bigger thing, such would be beneficial so that at least this "particle" could travel at the speed of light as well using beamed light or RF waves as sort of a carrier for it to travel?

Sorry for these crazy ideas.

RE: Just Something to Ponder On...
By JS on 12/1/2008 9:23:53 PM , Rating: 2
That sure is one hard-to-penetrate sentence you've got there, Chipper.

RE: Just Something to Ponder On...
By Chipper Smoltz DT on 12/1/2008 10:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
Which sentence? Is it the "infinite smallness in infinite hugeness" thing? I believe I got that one from an old movie a long time ago - I don't know if you are old enough to remember it - "Revenge of the Nerds". Hehehe.

Here's something more - what if the quanta that we are trying to break-up using our particle accelerators are very small universes themselves ...???

I know that this seems like some crappy idea... but i dunno... I support quantum physics research though. Although if this is the case then maybe this universe is also just one quantum out there that has yet been untouched or unexperimented on. Hahaha.

Sorry for the crazy ideas again.

RE: Just Something to Ponder On...
By JS on 12/2/2008 6:36:41 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, I remember the film. I was thinking about sentence number two in your original post. It desperately needs punctuation and structure, if you want people to actually try to understand it.

By Chipper Smoltz DT on 12/2/2008 6:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, so you remember the film hahaha. Anyway, it's just a funny movie and there's no point in anything like revenge or vengeance in any form or means. It's just not right.

The second sentence is not well structured? I'm sorry but when I'm excited I just miss out on the punctuation, grammar and other stuff. But those are just my crazy ideas anyway. hahaha. Do you think it's possible? Or are they just really some crazy useless ideas?

RE: Just Something to Ponder On...
By RoberTx on 12/5/2008 2:08:28 AM , Rating: 2
There are an infinite number of points between 1 and 2. There are an infinite number of points between 1 and 3. Which set is larger? Reason would say that the set between 1 and 3 is twice as large as the set between 1 and 2. Don't go off on me, I'm simply typing what the blonde says to type (spell check is on for your safety and convenience).

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