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    Stephen Hawking and other eminent scientists called Friday for the British government to pardon computer pioneer Alan Turing, who helped win World War II but was later prosecuted for homosexuality.

    In a letter published in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Hawking and 10 others urged Prime Minister David Cameron “formally to forgive the iconic British hero.” The letter, whose signatories also include Astronomer Royal Martin Rees and Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, called Turing “one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the modern era.”

     

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  3. "In some strange way, any new fact or insight that I may have found has not seemed to me as a ‘discovery’ of mine, but rather something that had always been there and that I had chanced to pick up." 

    -Subrahmanyan “Chandra” Chandrasekhar, 

    Indian-American astrophysicist, Nobel laureate. 

    At age 19, Chandra paved the way for the study of black holes by predicting that stars heavier than a certain critical limit would collapse into infinitely dense “singularities.”

    Photo: University of Chicago
     
  4. "If it does not change everything, why waste your time doing the study?"

    -Jerry Lettvin (1920-2011), cognitive scientist, philosopher and occasional poet.

     
  5. Yes, this blog exists. (Expect plenty of catscientist reblogs.) (h/t Joe Hanson from It’s Okay To Be Smart)

    catscientists:

    Chester Smooshy Face at his diffractometer.

     
  6. "I am already a half starving man. To preserve my brains I want food and this is my first consideration. Any sympathetic letter from you will be helpful to me here to get a scholarship either from the university of from the government." 

    -Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), then a 26-year-old clerk from India, writing to English mathematician G.H. Hardy. By the time Ramanujan died, seven years later, he had cemented a reputation as one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. Hardy later recalled seeing Ramanujan’s theorems and thinking that they “must be true, because, if they were not true, no one would have the imagination to invent them.”

     
  7. "The isness of things is well worth studying; but it is their whyness that makes life worth living."

    -William Beebe (1877-1962), naturalist, explorer, early conservationist and bon vivant

     

  8. 30 Neuroscientists To Follow On Twitter

    How does the brain work? What explains love—and hate? Is free will an illusion?

    If these sorts of questions interest you, HuffPost Science would like to introduce you to a a few folks—renowned experts in neuroscience whose tweets can help keep you abreast of the latest findings and continuing controversies in the realm of the brain and mind.

    Click here for the full article and slideshow.

     

  9. "When I got home that evening, I cried. Not because I felt sorry for him, or because I realized what it is that I probably take for granted every day. I cried because I felt a fundamentally human urge to connect with this man — an icon of brilliance in a world sorely lacking — and I simply couldn’t figure out how."
    — Cara Santa Maria, “My Evening With Stephen Hawking” (http://huff.to/JL6yh8)
     

  10. "Imagining living in a universe without purpose may prepare us to better face reality head on. I cannot see that this is such a bad thing. Living in a strange and remarkable universe that is the way it is, independent of our desires and hopes, is far more satisfying for me than living in a fairy-tale universe invented to justify our existence."
    — Lawrence M. Krauss, A Universe Without Purpose (http://huff.to/JFmvFd)