Yesterday, January 8th, a man who wasn’t supposed to live past the age of 12 turned 70. In honor of Stephen Hawking’s exceptional mind and endless contributions to science, we offer the first chapter in a very special sort of biography, written by his longtime assistant, Kitty Ferguson. Enjoy this excerpt from, Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind:
Stephen Hawking has been an iconic figure in physics for the last half a century, making many groundbreaking discoveries on the nature of the universe. Yet while his mind roams to the farthest corners of reality, his body has become increasingly trapped by the advance of Lou Gehrig’s disease, which has bound him to a wheelchair, without speech or movement except for a few facial muscles. Told in his youth that he would not live past his 20s, Hawking will turn 70 in 2012, and today he continues to inspire millions, drawing rock-concert-sized crowds wherever he lectures. Science writer Kitty Ferguson has been working with Stephen Hawking for decades, and produced an internationally bestselling biography of his life in 1992. Now, she brings his life as well as his scientific discoveries up-to-date. This is a remarkable look at how one of the greatest scientific mind alive overcame the odds to become the truly inspirational figure he is today.