Einstein's Inspiring Heir

TITLE: STEPHEN HAWKING: A LIFE IN SCIENCE

AUTHORS: MICHAEL WHITE AND JOHN GRIBBIN

PUBLISHER: DUTTON; 304 PAGES; $23

THE BOTTOM LINE: He is bound to a wheelchair, but his mind explores the universe.

He is almost totally paralyzed, speechless and wheelchair-bound, able to move only his facial muscles and two fingers on his left hand. He cannot dress or feed himself, and he needs round-the-clock nursing care. He can communicate only through a voice synthesizer, which he operates by laboriously tapping out words on the computer attached to his motorized chair. Yet at age 50, despite these crushing adversities, Stephen Hawking...

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