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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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RE: Baby steps...
By Yawgm0th on 12/2/2008 12:36:10 PM , Rating: 2
Take a civics lesson: Queen Elizabeth II is the de jure and de facto Canadian chief of state. She has no more executive power in the U.K. than in Canada, but she has the same legal role. How can you attempt to downplay her role as the representative of your country and your people?

Any form of monarchy is inherently flawed on moral basis as well as a practical one. Your countryman is right to criticize Canada for being tied to the British monarchy.

Once again, if you don't like our history, then move, most Canadians value all the aspects upon which their country was created.
That's blind nationalism. As an American, I could support slavery using your logic. There are lots of things about my country historically and currently that I don't value. It doesn't mean I'm not a patriot, or that I would be happier elsewhere.

To quote your American counterparts, "If you don't love America, then you just git out!"

Furthermore, failing to realize or admit that there are negative aspects to the history and current state of one's country is not a good sign. It's okay to criticize your country. It's your duty as a citizen of a country with a representative government. You can feel some shame that your country remains to this day, a constitutional monarchy. That doesn't make you anti-Canadian.

RE: Baby steps...
By phxfreddy on 12/2/2008 2:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
Geessus I think it is legitimate to want to have the Queens face off of the money. It is Canada after all. Would be nice to have your own national symbols huh? Like some French Canadian hockey player with his front teeth bashed out!

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