Monday, April 20, 2009

When I hear of Schrödinger's cat, I reach for my pistol

Stephen Hawking has been hospitalized and is “very ill.”


Hawking has been fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for nearly 40 years now. Which is pretty damned amazing when you consider that most people who are diagnosed with ALS succumb within three to five years.

Stephen Hawking is one of my personal heroes, one of those handful of fantastically brilliant minds the human race manages to produce maybe once a century and a man who has significantly changed our perception of the universe. His name ranks up there with the great names of scientific history and his work stands alongside the most profound discoveries of the last two millennia.

Hang in there, Professor Hawking.


  1. This just sucks. There is only so much genetic material out there of that caliber, and as a human race we need to wring every ounce of creativity out of what we have because it is so rare and precious. And Professor Hawking's genius is of the rarest of the rare.

    If he'd been born two centuries, perhaps one, later, I think he would have a shot at being cured. Seriously, I think we're about 50 - 100 years from a cure. But we're just not there quite yet.

  2. He's a tough old bird. He may surprise us. (Hopefully)


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