Time travellers welcome at Hawking's memorial service

May 12, 2018
The public—and time travellers—are being offered free tickets to attend the memorial service of iconic cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking at London's Westminster Abbey

The public ballot for tickets to Professor Stephen Hawking's thanksgiving service opened Saturday—with visitors from the future welcome to apply.

The theoretical physicist who captured the imagination of millions around the world died on March 14 at the age of 76.

His ashes are being interred on June 15 at London's Westminster Abbey, by the graves of fellow scientific giants Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

The world-renowned cosmologist's three children Robert, Lucy and Tim are offering up to 1,000 free tickets to the public through a ballot system, run by the Stephen Hawking Foundation.

Applicants need to give their birth date—but eagle-eyed fans of the man who dedicated his life's work to unravelling the mysteries of the universe spotted that it can be any day up to December 31, 2038.

London travel blogger IanVisits was among those who noticed the quirk that allows people born more than 20 years into the future to apply.

"Professor Hawking once threw a party for time travellers, to see if any would turn up if he posted the invite after the party," he wrote.

"None did, but it seems perfect that the memorial website allows people born in the future to attend the service.

"Look out for time travellers at the abbey."

Potential applicants—from the future or otherwise—are forewarned not to apply if they cannot arrange their own transport and any necessary visas.

The service is set to be attended by Hawking's family, friends and colleagues.

"We are so grateful to Westminster Abbey for offering us the privilege of a service of thanksgiving for the extraordinary life of our father and for giving him such a distinguished final resting place," said Lucy Hawking.

Propelled to stardom by his 1988 book "A Brief History of Time", an unlikely worldwide bestseller, Hawking's genius and wit won over fans from far beyond the rarefied world of astrophysics.

Westminster Abbey will also be open to the public free of charge after the service so people can pay their respects at his grave.

John Hall, the Dean of Westminster, said: "The of thanksgiving for the life and work of Stephen Hawking will celebrate not only his remarkable achievements as a scientist, but also his character and endurance through his years living with a devastating illness."

Hawking's death triggered a flood of tributes from Queen Elizabeth II to NASA, reflecting his impact both as a scientist and for his refusal to give up in the face of crippling motor neurone disease.

Explore further: Hawking's remains to be buried at Abbey near Newton, Darwin (Update)

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luke_w_bradley
5 / 5 (4) May 13, 2018
What a great man, I wish I could be there. People like him who have suffered and worked hard to bring scientific illumination to humanity really sit at the top of the moral totem pole as far as I'm concerned. So much love for him and all the people who made it worth it by caring for him. I hope they know that the people who can show up there are a tiny fraction of the people all over the world who will be be remembering him and celebrating his life, present and future.
Runesmith
5 / 5 (3) May 13, 2018
I was at Einstein's funeral. You can see the HypnoV's I took on my time travel hlog. It was quite quaint. Now that I am younger, I prefer quieter events. After attending Marie Antoinette's beheading, I had PTSD, which I had cured next month using a cure invented by some broke guy named Bubba Nicholson who lived in the 23rd century.
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (5) May 13, 2018
I'm not a time traveler - yet...
But I will be...:-)
(My future self told me that...
But I'll still be broke, too...)
Hunh...
Oh... and Bubba still hasn't cured Adult ADHD...
ThomasQuinn
5 / 5 (3) May 13, 2018
I'm a time traveler. I travel one day into the future every 24 hours, and have done so since birth.
Amoeboid
not rated yet May 13, 2018
My time machine is broken, and the parts needed to repair it haven't been invented yet.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (2) May 13, 2018
To quote Dethklok:
"We have figured out how to travel through time at the speed of...regular time...with plastic bags"
https://www.youtu...FhQftrug
TimLong2001
1 / 5 (2) May 13, 2018
Belief in time travel is one criteria I use to eliminate any further discussion with and psuedo scientist (other than sleep, suspended animation or coma). Another is big bang expansion, and probably the feasibility of a space elevator.
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (2) May 13, 2018
Belief in time travel is one criteria I use to eliminate any further discussion with and psuedo scientist (other than sleep, suspended animation or coma). Another is big bang expansion, and probably the feasibility of a space elevator.

One of my criteria is the misspelling of the word "pseudo"...
My time machine is broken, and the parts needed to repair it haven't been invented yet.

You need to find Bubba N., then...
ddaye
1 / 5 (1) May 13, 2018
Time travel won't be invented before 2038. People born that close to current events would have immense incentives to come here to interfere with current events. They could for example arrange assassinations of globally important leaders or candidates, or manipulate implausible candidates into leadership.
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (2) May 13, 2018
Time travel won't be invented before 2038. People born that close to current events would have immense incentives to come here to interfere with current events. They could for example arrange assassinations of globally important leaders or candidates, or manipulate implausible candidates into leadership.

There's a government organization for that. Didn't you see "Time Cop" or "MIB3"?
Just ask Bubba. He'll tell ya...
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (1) May 14, 2018
People born that close to current events would have immense incentives to come here to interfere with current events.

Only if their current events aren't any worse.

In any case you probably don't want to interfere with history at all for fear of erasing yourself (i.e. if you had a time machine you'd probably only want to go back as far as you were born and not any earlier).

simon155
not rated yet May 14, 2018
Why would you expect to notice if attended? The whole point is that you are not restricted to the normal experience of time during the process. Any interference would have consequence. You'd only likely notice any interference if you slept though it. Pun totally intended :D Is this born of the flawed assumption that a time traveller sits in a device to move through time then experiences it's normal course on arrival akin to everyone else?
savvys84
5 / 5 (1) May 20, 2018
Great guy, tho I don't necessarily agree with him on most of his theories, Rip Sir
Captain Stumpy
not rated yet May 20, 2018
In any case you probably don't want to interfere with history at all for fear of erasing yourself (i.e. if you had a time machine you'd probably only want to go back as far as you were born and not any earlier)
@A_P
not even sure that would be wise, IMHO. small changes in the past, especially your own, can have huge ramifications in the future... it *could* completely alter who you are, how you live, and more

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I have "found" the cure for 27 different incurable diseases. PTSD just this last week
@idiot pseudoscience cult leader and sociopathic pathological liar Bubba

this is the funniest thing I've seen to date
surely that "cure" alone would be worth billions to the VA and US Gov't!

PS - you're still presenting false and fraudulent claims.
at least you're doing more homework and have started using clinical terminology in the MED threads
you're using it wrong, but at least you're trying harder
Da Schneib
not rated yet May 20, 2018
Belief in time travel is one criteria I use to eliminate any further discussion with and psuedo scientist

One of my criteria is the misspelling of the word "pseudo"...
I always figured it had something to do with split leather. And psueychology. And people named Psmythe. Maybe I should change my handle to Pschneib.
Da Schneib
not rated yet May 20, 2018
People born that close to current events would have immense incentives to come here to interfere with current events.
Only if their current events aren't any worse.
And OTBW how exactly does one go about interfering with "someone died?" They're *dead*. I once asked someone who'd been Safety Director at a major chip foundry if he'd ever given CPR. He said, "No, you only do CPR on dead people and I've never run across any; they're pretty rare." You have to have a rather dark streak in your humor to get that.
Scott Wolfenden
not rated yet Jun 25, 2018
My freshman science students benefit from Stephen Hawkings example of overcoming adversity. When we discuss disabilities in freshman high school biology, his well known example provides a framework for debate on the value of life despite a fetus having congenital deficiencies. Who would not agree that despite Stephen Hawkings physical disabilities, he has made a valuable contribution to science. So it opened up a two-sided debate among our honors students as to this topic. Also Hawkings is a marvelous example of not allowing adversity or physical limitations from interfering with his productivity and contributions to our understanding of the universe.

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