Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

Don't believe it? Then ask noted theoretical scientist and astronomer Stephen Hawking. He says humanity won't survive another 1,000 years on Earth because of, you know, the usual suspects -- climate change, nukes, robots.

LONDON (AP) — Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said.

“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” his children Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement.

The best-known theoretical physicist of his time, Hawking wrote so lucidly of the mysteries of space, time and black holes that his book, “A Brief History of Time,” became an international bestseller, making him one of science’s biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein.

Even though his body was attacked by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, when Hawking was 21, he stunned doctors by living with the normally fatal illness for more than 50 years.

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  • Paul Brandt

    And the very first thing that happened: he met Jesus face to face. I hope he was met by a dear friend and not a stranger! The result of our simple choice is eternal. Put aside all the genius and fame, we all have this same reality, I hope the right choice for him and everyone.

  • NativeOfMichigan

    Interesting connections:

    Galileo Galilei died 8 January 1642.
    Albert Einstein was born 14 March 1879.
    Stephen Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018).