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Stephen Hawking wird heute 70 Jahre alt. Happy Birthday, alter Big Bang-Ausrechner! Auf Youtube findet man dutzende Dokus mit dem Mann, Wired hat ein paar Zitate als Audiofiles und gestern hatte die BBC einen Artikel mit Hawking-Quotes über die Zukunft der Menschheit. Snip vom Guardian:
The world's most famous living scientist turns 70 today. Professor Stephen Hawking has defied medical expectations, since being diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and given only a few years to live, to become one of the most accomplished physicists in the fields of black holes and the study of the early universe.
Hawking's fame has also brought his ideas to a vast audience outside academia. His first book, A Brief History of Time, has reportedly sold more than 10m copies worldwide and the physicist has made guest appearances on The Simpsons and Star Trek.
Later on Sunday, Hawking will deliver a rare public lecture in Cambridge, entitled A Brief History of Mine. He will be joined on stage for an afternoon of celebrations with talks from Lord Rees, the astronomer royal, and Saul Perlmutter, who won the Nobel prize in physics last year for the co-discovery of dark energy, the mysterious substance said to drive the expansion of the universe.