Monday, April 20, 2009

Sad news: Stephen Hawking is hospitalized

The legendary English theoretical physicist, crowned as the most intelligent man alive – reputed to possess an IQ of over 230 (hint: the norm is 100) –, is currently stuck in a hospital with a severe chest infection. Apparently he'd been "unwell" for several weeks, but only recently did it take a turn for the worse and landed him in the medical ward.

This is a man with a long history of dealing with insurmountable diseases with the sort of courage and fortitude that should make the most hardened of us smile in quiet awe, fighting his terminal ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) which slowly but surely ensured he's now captive to his wheelchair, only able to communicate with a voice synthesizer activated by his fingers. (You can see a humble parody of this in his references in The Simpsons.) While the odds are of course steep, especially for someone in his helpless condition, we can certainly hope for his well-being to return to him – and him, and his brilliant intellect, returning to us, the world.


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