Hawking Was Explicit About What He Wanted on Tombstone
More on his death, which falls on a notable day
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2018 12:21 PM CDT
In this March 3, 1989 file photo British astrophysicist Dr. Stephen Hawking, 47, answers newsmen with the help of his computer and the assistance of his then wife Jane, in Paris.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
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(Newser) – Today is Pi Day, and in the wake of Stephen Hawking's March 14 death, much ado is being made about what else 3/14 marks. Mashable reports that it also overlaps with the birth of Albert Einstein, who was born on this day in 1879. As for Hawking's own birth, it also isn't without its own cosmic coincidence: He was born Jan. 8, 1942, exactly 300 years after the date of Galileo's death. Amid a sea of Hawking-themed reporting and remembrances, we've rounded up the most interesting tidbits and the most thought-provoking pieces:

  • His tombstone: The Independent reports that Hawking had been explicit about what he wanted on his tombstone: Hawking’s equation, a formula for black hole entropy. He said as much in 2002, per a New York Times report at the time, and a longtime collaborator confirmed Hawking's desire to ANSA on Wednesday. IFLScience offers an explanation of the equation.

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