One of the worlds currently most famout theoretical physicists Stephen Hawking celebrates his 70:th birthday today. This should be considered somewhat of a miracle since he has been battling ALS since the 60′s. Some argue that this special condition helped boost the public opinion regarding the prominence of his research. That might be true, but over all his research can only be described at extraordinary. Also, during the course of his illness he had to give up old fashioned scientific aids such as pen and paper. Instead he had to develop a method to handle all equations in his head. Almost super human abilities. And the fact that he has aluded death longer than any ALS patient is also a indication of that statement.
His most famous formula regarding the entropy of black holes is still not observationally confirmed. But given that it – or simply black hole raditation – would be experimentally confirmed he would get the Nobel prize. For sure.
Rumour has it that he has been given a ticket for a ride on one of the first space tourism flights.
Given the clues above regarding his super-intelligence and mysterious super human abilities I start to wonder if he is really human. Given his deep-space intuition extraterrestrial origin would seem reasonable. I hope he is not planning a trip back to his home planet any time soon, since we slow minded humans could still gain very much from his presence here on earth.
Hope you have a great birthday Dr Hawking!
(Picture from his time at NASA in the 80′s)
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