Today is the birthday of physicist Stephen Hawking. He is 66 years old. This is truly remarkable considering that he has ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." He is probably the longest living person with this debilitating disease. Though it has ravaged his body (he uses a wheelchair--I don't like the phrase confined to a wheelchair--and a computer to talk for him), his brilliant mind has remained intact. He has become a world-renowned physicist (specializing in black holes), the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University (the chair once held by Sir Isaac Newton), and best-selling author of A Brief History of Time. He is an idol of mine because he is able to transcend his physical body and focus on what he can do with his mind.
The documentary, A Brief History of Time, is about his life and work. It is worth seeing