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The rate at which Hawking currently communicates by moving his cheek muscles to express one letter at a time.## 1,000

The number of hours that Hawking estimates he spent studying in three years at the University of Oxford, where he found the course work “ridiculously easy.”## 21

The age at which Hawking begin to experience the symptoms of ALS.## 2

The number of wives Hawking has had.## 1984

The year Hawking completedA Brief History of Time, his first work for the general public, which he wrote to help pay for his three children’s education expenses.## 1990

The year that Hawking left his first wife, Jane, for one of his nurses, Elaine Mason, whom he later married and divorced.## 237

The record number of weeksA Brief History of Timestayed on the Sunday Times’ bestseller list.## 10 million

The number of books Hawking has sold (“I have sold more books on physics than Madonna has on sex,” he bragged).## 25 seconds

How long Hawking escaped gravity and the confines of his wheelchair in 2007 when he became the first person with a disability to fly on one of the zero gravity flights offered by Zero Gravity Corp., a space tourism company.## 2011

The year that Hawking pronounced (a) that “philosophy is dead” at Google’s Zeitgeist Conference and (b) that heaven is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death.

The media and public fascination on Hawking continues....

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