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Event Horizon

An Event Horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which the gravitational pull becomes too great to escape, even at the Speed of Light.

It is most commonly associated with Black Holes.

Hawking Radiation[2] is Black Body Radiation that is paradoxically released by Black Holes, due to quantum effects near the Event Horizon.

It is named after the physicist Stephen Hawking, who provided a theoretical argument for its existence in 1974.[3][4] 


No doubt, the parallel paradox between Black Holes and Heaven occurred to Dr. Hawking:

That the only way to prove what’s on the other side is to go beyond the point the information can be conveyed back.


Like a lot of people, I’ve been remembering Dr. Stephen Hawking, since he passed away earlier this week, on Pi Day [3.14], and Alberta Einstein’s Birthday.

It made me think of Einstein often saying that “God does not play dice with the universe”.

After all, that is quite a coincidence.


There have been a number of posts about Dr. Hawking being free of the constraints of his disability.

However, some have argued that this is discriminatory as “Ableism”.

Curiously, Dr. Hawking said both that he felt limited and freed by his disabilities, in different ways, and at different times, in is life. [WikiQuotes]

The second part of that is something I wondered about, which is ascribing a Heavenly destination to a scientist who himself vacillated between and Agnostic and an Atheist.

Curiously, one of my doctors said this week that she doesn’t believe anyone has ever come back from the dead. It’s hard not to add, “as far as we know”.

It’s maybe not surprising that almost everyone in my family has had at least one, if not several, Near-Death-Experiences.

Some of them were quite involved and lengthy; but, there’s still no way to know if they were the result of oxygen deprivation, or something else;

And, like a Black Hole, as my Grandma often said, we won’t know until we get there.

I must confess, like my Granddad, and many others, there’s so many I’d hope to meet; but, we can’t know what it will be like; [as in Down to Earth and In The End- Of The Beginning]; or, even if there’s anything, at all.

As my Mum, who believed in the Multiple Universe Theory of String Theory, like Dr. Hawking, even in a multiverse of infinite possibilities, we still have to live this life;

And, play the hand we’re dealt; even if it’s a Deadman’s Hand.


Thanks to all the Stock Artists and everyone.



The Explorer:

Steampunk Wheelchair PNG Stock, by Roy3D

[This was the only wheelchair stock I could find of roughly the right shape.]

Based on:

Professor X’s Steampunk Wheelchair, by Daniel Valdez

YouTube Video: Steampunk Professor Xavier Wheelchair Project

An Unrelated Steampunk Wheelchair: steampunk wheelchair


Mad Scientist Mari 25, by TwilightAmazonStock

Mad Scientist Mari 30, by TwilightAmazonStock

[One of the very few sets from the right back angle; hopefully, Professor Hawking wouldn’t mind me using the “Mad Scientist” Stock Images. Maybe, he’d find it funny.]


Other Resources:

Planet stock pack - Blue Space, by Wesley-Souza

Asteroid Mega Pack 01, by ChrisCold

Nebula Texture Stock 006, by ex-astris1701

Starfield 1132 by zummerfish, by zummerfish

Nebula Texture Stock 002, by ex-astris1701

Nebula Texture Stock 006, by ex-astris1701

Asteroid megapack, by thefirstfleet

Starfield Stock, by dadrian

Planet resource 2, by dadrian

outer space trip 08, by brujo

Discarded_spacestuff10, by Fune-Stock

Big Lens And Optical Flare Collection, by daWIIZ

Planet - Trepis II, by Stock7000

Night Backg with Stars, by mysticmorning

Solar System Starscape, by PanisEtCircense

Random Starscape, by crowlord1975

Space and Stars Pack 1 STOCK, by AStoKo

Stars 1136 by zummerfish, by zummerfish


Autodesk-Sketchbook Pro and 7

PSE10- Photoshop Elements 10


Asus EP121B Eee Slate

Wacom Tablet



I was reminded of Nothing Will Come of Nothing, showing an anthropomorphized Black Hole, made for Introducing a New Monthly Stock Use Challenge!, hosted by PirateLotus-Stock [et al Elandria and Aeirmid].

And, You Are Here, showing the Earth [not to scale] on the edge of the 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe.

Which is in the background in Introducing The Windigo, Page 17, when Cassandra sees Dr. Astor, in her office.



Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python… Galaxy Song (Music Video)


Listening to:

Doctor Who | Light Carries On

“We’re all stories in the end… just make it a good one.”


Sleeping At Last - "Saturn" (Official Music Video)

“How rare and beautiful… to even exist…”


"Saturn" is from "Atlas: Year One" by Sleeping At Last




The song embodies the Anthropic Principle, “that the universe was made just to be seen by our eyes…”


“Good-bye, Doctor…”



“So, Einstein was wrong when he said, ‘God does not play dice.’

Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice’

But, that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen.”

- Stephen Hawking, 1994, transcribed in The Nature of Space and Time (1996) by Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, p. 26 and also in "The Nature of Space and Time" (online text)


“Science is a very good area for disabled people because it goes on mainly in the mind.

 My disabilities have not been a significant handicap in my field, which is theoretical physics.

Indeed, they have helped me in a way by shielding me from lecturing and administrative work that I would otherwise have been involved in.

I have managed, however, only because of the large amount of help I have received from my wife, children, colleagues and students…”

-"Handicapped People and Science" by Stephen Hawking, Science Digest 92, No. 9 (September 1984): 92 (details of citation from here).


“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”

Stephen Hawking's Universe (1985) by John Boslough, Ch. 7 : The Final Question, p. 77


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I wonder what he found on the other side of The Black Holes; and, if he's presented a paper on it to the alumni as a FRS,