Football Star Neymar Slammed Over Bizarre Tribute to Stephen Hawking

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In his final years, the only thing connecting the brilliant physicist to the outside world was a couple of inches of frayed nerve in his cheek. He was still able to communicate using a single cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device.

This radiation comes from "virtual particles", which are constantly popping into and out of existence in the weird quantum realm.

He said Hawking has been an influential figure to promote physics, much like Einstein was, and transcended science to be a pop culture icon. After being diagnosed at 21 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he shocked medical experts by living for another 55 years before dying Wednesday at 76.

The actor, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Prof Hawking in 2014 film The Theory Of Everything, said in a statement: "We have lost a truly handsome mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet".

In 1963, Professor Hawking contracted a motor neuron disease that gradually paralysed him over the decades.

'I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die, ' the author of A Brief History of Time once explained.

Hawking died peacefully at his home in the British university city of Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday.

For Hawking, the search was nearly a religious quest - he said finding a "theory of everything" would allow mankind to "know the mind of God". But we can understand the universe.

The Paris Saint-Germain star, now out with an ankle injury, wrote: "You have to have a positive attitude and get the best out of the situation in which you find yourself".

Jim Parsons - who plays Sheldon Cooper on the show - shared an on-set photo of the full cast with Hawking, captioning the post with a simple: "Thank you, Stephen Hawking". "The wheelchair gives me away" - Interview on Israeli TV, December 2006. "But it bothers me". But what made him special was his grounded attitude and sense of humour.

Hollywood actor Eddie Redmayne is among the celebs who have led the tributes to Professor Hawking, describing him as "the funniest man" he has ever met.

Hawking, of course, faced challenges in his life, many of them stemming from his physical condition. Brace yourself for a whirlwind tour of free will, the state of humanity, God and fake news, all thanks to one of science's finest minds - except for the quote that probably wasn't him...

For all of his intellectual explorations of great cosmological questions, Stephen Hawking is perhaps best known outside of scientific circles for his tireless efforts at communicating science.

Hawking has often reminded his three children of the value of work.

Hawking's title "is not relevant here; what matters is what his brain did", said Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York's Hayden Planetarium. "I just hope we can avoid dropping the basket until then".

He once criticised his early work that claimed information would be lost in black holes, calling it his "biggest blunder".

But it was Hawking's investigation of black holes' nature that would prove revolutionary.