| May 20, 2011
| 4:24 PM
Well, according to super smart physicist Stephen Hawking, a lot farther than you think. How about nowhere. He chimed in this week in an interview saying "there is no heaven or afterlife. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”...
| May 20, 2011
| 6:21 PM
Stephen Hawking, a physicist, apparently one of the smartest men in the world claims in a recent interview that heaven is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark. That’s his opinion, mine's different.
Science and religion always clash. To quote...
| May 20, 2011
| 9:12 PM
We were waiting for the end of the world/Waiting for the end of the world/ Waiting for the end of the world/Dear Lord I sincerely hope you're coming/Cause you really started something.
There's nothing worse for a columnist than to...
| Feb 23, 2010
I'm sitting at an outdoor table at the Lake Eola Panera Bread, in the shade where it is cold and gray, waiting for Gov. Charlie Crist.
He arrives, scopes out the seating arrangement and decides this won't do at all.
Charlie grabs the table and drags...
| Aug 9, 2008
In a packed lecture hall at Columbia University in 1958—or so the story goes—eminent physicist Wolfgang Pauli was presenting a radical new theory. In the audience was Niels Bohr, another eminent physicist, who, at lecture's end, stood up and...
| Apr 16, 2008
Even if you don't care about saving the environment, at least think about saving the beer! Global warming's rise in heat may effect the ability to produce your favorite brew. No word on the effects it might have for bathtub gin though.
| May 14, 2010
| 1:01 PM
Stephen Hawking, the brilliant physicist – I know he's brilliant, because I read his "A Brief History of Time" book and the five percent of it that I understood was terrific – says we should be afraid of close encounters with E.T.
| Aug 30, 2009
The Strangest Man
The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac,
Mystic of the Atom
Basic Books: 540 pp., $29.95
It's hard to imagine a more formidable subject for a biographer. Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902-84) was a pioneer of quantum theory in...
| Oct 11, 2009
Richard Dawkins, best known as the author of "The Selfish Gene" (1976) and "The God Delusion" (2006), is at the Atheist Alliance International Convention in Burbank to discuss his new book, "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution" (Free...
| Aug 8, 2010
In a cosmic reading mood? Let these three forthcoming books satisfy your search for fresh, unexpected insights into the nature of the universe.
God, free will, quantum versus Newtonian theories — no subject is too big (or nanoscopic) for...
| Sep 5, 2010
The Grand Design
Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
Bantam: 200 pp., $28
Robert Oppenheimer was fond of proposing that physics and poetry were becoming indistinguishable. In "The Grand Design," Cambridge theorist Stephen Hawking and Caltech physicist...
| Mar 21, 2010
So Much for That
Harper: 438 pp., $25.99
Toward the end of her gleefully mutinous new novel, "So Much for That," Lionel Shriver reveals the provenance of her beleaguered protagonist's name, Shep Knacker. In bygone England, a...