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That one time Stephen Hawking “came out” to a crowded pub

“Marika Taylor, a former student of Hawking’s and now professor of theoretical physics at Southampton University, remembers how Hawking announced his U-turn on the information paradox to his students. He was discussing their work with them in the pub when Taylor noticed he was turning his speech synthesiser up to the max. ‘I’m coming out!’ he bellowed. The whole pub turned around and looked at the group before Hawking turned the volume down and clarified the statement: ‘I’m coming out and admitting that maybe information loss doesn’t occur.’ He had, Taylor said, ‘a wicked sense of humour.'”Guardian Science Editor Ian Sample, relating a colleague’s story in remembrance of the late, great Stephen Hawking, who died this week at 76.