Originally Posted by horatio
What I find impressive is how Hawking can do all the maths in his head. I never could to fairly moderate maths without scribbling a lot and trying things out on paper to get my head around it.
One should not idolize him or any other person though. OK, I also have my scientific idol, the economist Joe Stiglitz, but whenever I read something of him I try to keep my awe in check and be as ruthlessly critical as possible ... with the emphasis being on try.
Oh, indeed....I envy and admire Hawking's abilities. Hell, I have a rough enough time trying to put two and two together in me own noggin' without coming up with a fraction somewhere.
Then again, math was never my strong suit anyway.
5/4's of people in the world have problems with fractions, btw.