A man who saw the light... falling past the event horizon....

>> Monday, April 14, 2008

Dr. John Archibald Wheeler, the man who invented the phrase "black hole" to describe a supermassive collapsed star, crony of Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein, mentor to Richard Feynman, and brilliant physicist whose work in quantum mechanics and nuclear fission was instrumental in the birth and development of both fields, died yesterday at age 96. Thought I'd pass that along, not merely for the benefit of any of my fellow science geeks out there, but also for the benefit of any of my fellow science fiction geeks out there--as the Times obituary notes, Professor Wheeler was the father or godfather to many of the big, brilliant, imaginative ideas that became tropes of the genre. A genius and visionary, a great man of science, whose accomplishments have often been overlooked. Thank you, Dr. Wheeler.





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