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Hawking Expecting To Make Full Recovery 103

explosivejared writes "Yesterday we discussed the medical scare that physicist Stephen Hawking was going through. Happily, his website has posted a succinct statement that he is being kept for observation, but he is comfortable and expecting a full recovery."
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Hawking Expecting To Make Full Recovery

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  • by dsginter ( 104154 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @03:05PM (#27665077)

    Are any of us expected to make a full recovery?

    Life is the leading cause of death, ya know.

  • by adpe ( 805723 )
    ... but I admire his skill when it comes to explaing the complicated stuff to the masses. Go Stephen!
  • by damburger ( 981828 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @03:07PM (#27665113)
    The man is a survivor, that is for sure. I saw him lecture a few months ago, and is still on form. He will still answer the dumbest questions from any snide creationist or just plain ignorant member of the public - even though it took him considerable effort to compose a response.
    • How long does it take him now? I attended a lecture probably a decade ago at CalTech, and he took questions but was able to answer only one or two in the 45 minutes that followed. I've heard that the technology for his communications has been improved, but not to what degree.

      • About the same - although he might have got an extra question if his helper hadn't been too busy fielding questions himself to notice the cheek mounted sensor wasn't calibrated right.

      • THIS is the man who needs the slashdot meme form!

        "Your questions fails for the following reasons:

        Answered in Intro Biology page 43.

    • I'd love to see a sampling of common Q&A from creationists answered by Hawking.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by damburger ( 981828 )

        Well one of the questions was 'IF the universe is expanding, where is it expanding from' and the other was 'What happened before the big bang' (I paraphrase in both cases).

        Both had a tone in their voice suggesting they had some uber-clever question with which to catch out probably the greatest living British mind, and both asked questions that could've been answered by myself or any of the about 50 people from the physics department who attended the lecture. It angered me, I must say.

        • Or anyone with a rudimentary science education.

          • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

            I don't know... I always thought "what happened before the Big Bang" is a good question. I am still expecting a convincing answer.

            I have heard that there was no time "before the Big Bang" because timespace is a single thing, but that only makes me wonder what triggered time or how matter could exist outside space, since there was no time.

            Then, I get an explanation about how particles appear and disapear, coming and going from "somewhere else" (sorry, I don't remember the right term) without an apparent reas

            • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

              by Raenex ( 947668 )

              The common answer by scientists is quite unconvincing, and what it really amounts to is "sorry, can't explain it, the equations don't go back any further". A year or two ago I saw a Hawking video (covered on Slashdot) where he actually addressed this question as part of the presentation, and he gave the answer as a joke along the lines that God created Hell for people who asked such questions.

  • So he's going to be up and out of that wheelchair in no time, eh?
  • by jbeaupre ( 752124 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @03:10PM (#27665159)
    Until then, it was 50-50. But as soon as the doctors observed him, the state of his health collapsed to one state: full recovery.
  • First we hear that he's near death, now he's going to recover... it's almost as if he got trapped in a black hole, and was only able to escape by spawning an anti-Hawking to be left inside... yes, that's the only thing that makes sense.
  • Comfortable and expecting to make a full recovery --- As comfortable as a dying man can be I'm sure. Makes me wonder why he'd even want to recover. What amazes me most is his strong will to live - going from being a graduate student with a prognoses of months to live to living years and beating major odds. My thoughts are with you Mr. Hawking - here's to a speedy recovery.
    • Ok, two things (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Weaselmancer ( 533834 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @04:12PM (#27666107)

      Comfortable and expecting to make a full recovery --- As comfortable as a dying man can be I'm sure. Makes me wonder why he'd even want to recover.

      First thing - we're all dying. Right now. Sure, Mr. Hawking has a name for what he's dying from and you don't (yet), but mortality is pretty much a constant. Just because your fate hasn't been given a label yet doesn't mean you don't have one. You do, just like everyone else. Including Mr. Hawking. I hope you're "as comfortable" as you can be too.

      Second thing. Any sick person wants to recover. And that means you too. I guarantee if you were in a similar state you'd want to live just as much as...well, as anyone else. There's more to life than being able to walk around the block. There's art, music, science, math, and a host of other things you don't need a functioning body to enjoy.

      My best friend from college has crippling MS. He's wheelchair bound. And he's one of the craziest and most fun people I've ever known. And at the time had an astonishingly hot girlfriend.

      Life has far bigger parameters than you imply.

      • You said that much more nicely and with greater sophistication than I would have. Cheers.
      • by ekhben ( 628371 )

        First thing. The label you're looking for is "senescence." Not everyone has it. It only occurs in older people. It will develop in everyone, but the key processes involved in aging do not happen in the young. So, no. Not everyone is dying of something right now.

        Second thing. You're so remarkably far away from reality that I'm just going to leave you with two words that you can google at your own leisure. Euthanasia. Suicide.

  • by wowbagger ( 69688 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @03:22PM (#27665343) Homepage Journal

    Obviously Dr. Hawking will recover - he has not yet found a full Grand Unified Theory integrating quantum mechanics and gravity. That's the deal he made with Death - he gets to have that theory published before he dies.

    A much better gambit than challenging The Grim Reaper to chess. Or Twister, even.

    Seriously - get well soon sir, and keep on thinking free.

    • Similar to this [].

    • by jd ( 1658 )

      The deal requires that Death be listed as co-author and gets 25% on the movie rights. Oh, and the movie is to have a major role for Binky.

      • by Abreu ( 173023 )

        The deal requires that Death be listed as co-author and gets 25% on the movie rights. Oh, and the movie is to have a major role for Binky.


        Oh, and the Death of Rats too!

  • 'Nuff said.


  • Any day in which Professor Farnsworth makes for two front-page tags is a good day.

  • You guys crack me up: "natural20"

    I wish I would make those saves when i come down with a flu, but then again i'm not as badass as Stephen Hawking.

  • I'm glad he's going to be okay! And this is so much better than putting him in a completely isolated box and thinking, with uncertainty, "well, he's probably...".

  • I am very glad to hear that he is recovering from the immediate health concerns. Despite his age combined with his Lou Gehrig's disease, he potentially has so much more to offer the scientific world specifically and humanity in general. His mind is clear and simply, utterly amazing.

    It should be said that through his book, A Brief History of Time, that he has encourage many people otherwise ignorant of science to not only better understand our universe but to do so with enjoyment and sometimes passion. It

    • I sometimes worry about his quality of life. I have read several of his books. According to the latest one I read, given his longevity, he is not sure he has Lou Gehrig's disease or if it is a similar but not as quickly fatal disorder. He reports he has now lost the ability to judge distances. Hopefully, the disorder will not affect his higher faculties.
  • Good! (Score:3, Informative)

    by spaceyhackerlady ( 462530 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @04:32PM (#27666377)

    I'm glad to hear it.

    These things are relative, of course: Professor Hawking's "good health" is a serious illness by most usual standards. He's not a young man, either.

    Nevertheless, I wish him well.


  • "...I win again!"

    (Title track on the next MC Hawking album.)

    Back off, Grim Reaper! The Hawkman has business to take care of.

Today is the first day of the rest of your lossage.