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    • Anne Lawrence
    • 18.05.13 | 17:55 (IDT)

    What an excellent idea. Stephen Hawking has always been a bit of a poster boy - and who doesn't admire any person who fights a physical affliction to continue with his chosen subject, astrophysics. Most good astrophysicists are quite modest, and know that astrophysics has very little to say about the human condition, history, politics or anything else in depth - Einstein himself turned down the offer to become the first President of Israel because he had no opinions about it - he only knew about maths and things like relativiity. But an awful lot of "smart" people keep up with things even into old age - and Stephen Hawking is quite old. Maybe he believes what he reads in some of the British press, maybe he watches the BBC and nothing else. Leave the man alone, the BDS are using him and everybody else should keep the head and carry on negotiating for the just peace that everyone wants to see - for all ethnicities. Hawking is a threat only to hiimself and to his real peers, other astophysicists, who cooperate worldwide with Israeli scientists. If Israel boycotted CERN tomorow, I'm told by physicist friends the place would be in disarray for years to come. Let's not overreact.

    from the article: Stephen Hawking is now the academic boycott movement’s unlikely poster boy
    First published 21:30 08.05.13 | Last updated 21:30 08.05.13
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