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Stephen Hawking beat the odds with ALS, and then some

17 Marcha 2018, 01:50 | Fidele Alvizo

Stephen Hawking died on March 14 Reuters File

Stephen Hawking

'His contributions to science will be used as long as there are scientists, and there are many more scientists because of him. Imagine you've organized these thoughts into compelling arguments. "It is very, very difficult to observe the things I have worked on". "This shows that you should never lose hope", explained the physicist.

Stephen Hawking, world renowned scientist, cosmologist, and theoretical physicist (among many other titles), died on March 14 at age 76.

Hawking, it said, had always "wanted to advance the relationship between faith and scientific reason". "They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world", he says in the book.

Ravaged by the wasting motor neurone disease he developed at 21, Hawking was confined to a wheelchair for most of his life. He beat the predictions. In 2002, Hawking was ranked number 25 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

In 2010, Hawking shared with us his wisdom about time travel.

He was the author of the seminal work A Brief History of Time, for example. His character was an inspiration to millions. "It is an exciting, if precarious place to be and you are the pioneers" he told the audience of researchers and technologists. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. In his 1988 seminal best-seller, "A Brief History of Time", he wrote, "The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired".

"I like simple experiments - and champagne". A cursor automatically scans across this keyboard by row or by column. I can select a character by moving my cheek to stop the cursor.

"The scientific account is complete. I have so much I want to do first". Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible.

This was a time when missions to Mars was criticised. I can check my email... surf the internet... or write lectures. "My latest computer ... contains a webcam which I use with Skype".

Well-wishers lined up at the University of Cambridge to sign a book of condolences. Eddie Redmayne portrayed Dr. Hawking in the film, and won the Oscar for best actor that year. He is given two years to live.

"My disability makes this rather a slow process, so I had plenty of time". The viral sensation vastly improved awareness of the condition and caused a huge uptick in donations to the ALS Association.

But even though Hawking has passed, it's possible that his time traveler party will be a belated success.

Even those who have not heard of Stephen Hawking will probably recognize the synthesised voice through which spoke to the world. "They all know who he is".

Yonette Joseph is the London weekend editor. In a letter Hawking sent to the organisers on May 3, he said the "policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster". But the change of 2007 was the first made in light of climate change. Smart technologies are being incorporated into our kitchen appliances, shoes, vehicles and eyeglasses. He will be greatly missed! The way he opened up our minds about black holes sucked me out of ignorance.

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