His Survival Mystery
British scientist Stephen Hawking says that he has decoded some of the most puzzling mysteries of the universe but he has left one mystery unsolved: How he has managed to survive so long with such a crippling disease. The physicist and cosmologist was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease when he was a 21-year-old student at Cambridge University. Most people die within a few years of the diagnosis, but survival of Stephen Hawking is a mystery for himself and medical science. He has been defying Lou Gehrig’s disease for almost 50 years for the day of diagnosis. On Sunday Stephen Hawking will turn 70.
“I don’t know of anyone who’s survived this long,” said Ammar Al-Chalabi, director of the Motor Neurone Disease Care and Research Centre at King’s College London. Though He does not treat Hawking and described his longevity as “extraordinary.”
Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, attacks motor neurons, cells that control the muscles. Patients typically suffer muscle weakness and wasting, become paralyzed and have problems talking, swallowing and breathing. Only about 10 percent of patients live longer than a decade.
To mark his birthday Sunday, Cambridge University is holding a public symposium on “The State of the Universe,” featuring talks from 27 leading scientists, including Hawking himself.
The Women Mystery
Stephen Hawking, one of the more brilliant mathematical minds of our generation, might be able to perform complex calculations and come up with amazing theories concerning the realm of science as well as knowing a little bit more about the universe around us, but there is one thing that still has him stumped – women.
Here is what the 70-year old famed physicist Mr. Hawking says,
“Women. They are a complete mystery.” Do you happen to share the same views as Mr. Hawking himself, or have you got your girlfriend or wife all figured out, except for that niggling issue about complex calculations concerning constellations that are millions of light years away. I guess it is really one or the other, as you cannot have your cake and eat it, too.