1 Word Per MinuteThe rate at which Hawking currently communicates by moving his cheek muscles to express one letter at a time.
1,000The 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.”
21The age at which Hawking begin to experience the symptoms of ALS.
2The number of wives Hawking has had.
1984The year Hawking completed A Brief History of Time, his first work for the general public, which he wrote to help pay for his three children’s education expenses.
1990The year that Hawking left his first wife, Jane, for one of his nurses, Elaine Mason, whom he later married and divorced.
237The record number of weeks A Brief History of Time stayed on the Sunday Times’ bestseller list.
10 millionThe number of books Hawking has sold (“I have sold more books on physics than Madonna has on sex,” he bragged).
25 secondsHow 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.
2011The 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....