Elvis and Stephen Hawking

Elvis would have been 75 years old yesterday – belated happy birthday, Elvis.

It probably doesn’t matter that the wishes are late. LA’s party is probably still going on anyway.

Scientist Stephen Hawking was born on the same day as Elvis, seven years later, and he’s still alive.

You can check out Elvis movies and books about him (but none by him).   Stephen Hawking, on the other hand, has taken pity on everyone who wants to understand what those physicists are doing in space and elsewhere.

If you’ve been afraid to ask because you may not understand the answer, try Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. This brilliant author has translated scientific jargon into understandable wonders for science neophytes (most of the rest of the population).

Hawking has even written children’s books, in collaboration with his daughter Lucy. The books are targeted for a younger audience, and they have pictures! George’s Secret Key to the Universe could be a great gift, and it might be a good idea to read it yourself first.

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman wrote Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman, but his birthday is on May 11th.

Who do you share your birthdate with?