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Science: Stephen Hawking's Legacy Spans the Universe

The story is well known. A promising physicist who in his early years gets a diagnosis that many interpret as an imminent death sentence — ALS — a disease that a doctor friend of mine describes as one of the worst anyone can suffer. Everything stops working except your brain, which goes on as sharply (or fuzzily for some) as ever. Hawking showed us why this disease can be far from the worst.

A functioning brain coupled with what little of his body survived — less and less over time — was enough for this formidable individual to have a life far more active than that of most able-bodied individuals and a life of the mind that exceeded others’ by many multiples.

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