Mazy's Muddle: Mighty brain finds massive universe!

Mazy's Muddle: Mighty brain finds massive universe!

“When I was 12, one of my friends bet another friend a bag of sweets that I would never come to anything.”

Do you know who said this on his 70th birthday on January 8, 2012?  Dr Stephen Hawking, the famous cosmologist, physicist, mathe-matician and author, who has also made guest appearances on The Simpsons and Star Trek television series.

As a school student, his marks were ordinary, and his handwriting, awful. But his teachers and friends knew he had a special spark.

When he was 20 years old, doctors found he had motor neurone disease, which makes it impossible for him to use his hands and legs or voice.

He works from a high-tech wheelchair that has a computer which he works on by pressing a switch in his hand. This switch is his only interface with the computer.

Stephen Hawking’s most important work is on celestial spaces called black holes. The smallest black hole may be as small as an atom, but can weigh as much as a mountain. The largest black holes are heavier than one million suns put together!

“Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up,” he said to students recently through a computerised speech system.

So now I want you to be curious and find this out: Dr Hawking was born exactly 300 years after the death of a great physicist and astronomer. Who was this?
Out of the maze: Galileo Galilei.

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