Stephen Hawking, the world’s most noted physicist and cosmologist, has joined Facebook, urging his followers to share his quest to discover “what makes the universe exist.”
His first post, made Friday, reads:
“I have always wondered what makes the universe exist. Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit. Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the chance, I’m eager to share this journey with you. Be curious, I know I will forever be.
“Welcome, and thank you for visiting my Facebook Page. -SH.”
It already has been shared more than 7 million times.
Hawking, a native of England, is director of research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, and founder of the school’s Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. His 1988 book, "A Brief History of Time," is the most popular explanation of the Big Bang, black holes and other subjects in cosmology.
The “about” section of his Facebook page says that it is maintained by his team, but that posts initiated by Hawking himself will be signed “SH.”
Hawking has suffered from a motor neuron disease related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, since 1963. He is nearly totally paralyzed and uses a speech-generating device to communicate.