Opinion | Stephen Hawking, Force of Nature

March 25, 2018

Stephen Hawking, Force of Nature
https://www.NYTimes.com/2018/03/14/opinion/stephen-hawking-death-.html Interesting obit, for a most noteable passing on #piday2018. How to learn from conversing with someone at 6 words per min.

“Stephen could compose his sentences at a rate of only about six words a minute. At first I would sit impatiently, daydreaming on and off as I waited for him to finish his composition. But then one day I was looking over his shoulder at his computer screen, where the sentence he was constructing was visible, and I started thinking about his evolving reply. By the time he had completed it, I had had several minutes to ponder the ideas he was expressing.

This was a great help. It allowed me to more profoundly consider his remarks, and it enabled my own ideas, and my reactions to his, to percolate as they never could have in an ordinary conversation.” “}}