Stephen Hawking, a pioneering theoretical physicist, author of a Brief History of Time, and one of the most brilliant thinkers to ever live and breathe on planet Earth, died early on Wednesday morning at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.
Being that Hawking's intellect cast a towering presence throughout the world, despite his struggles with a debilitating muscular condition that confined him to a wheelchair for most of his life, it's rather fitting that the specific time of his death is rife with symbolism.
Hawking, the damn genius, passed away on Pi Day (3/14), which also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday. Not only that, Hawking's birth on January 8, 1942 coincides with the 300th anniversary of the death of Galileo, the Italian astronomer whose contributions played a large part in shaping the scientific revolution but also the very important rock opera, "Bohemian Rhapsody."