‘I deal with tough mathematical questions every day, but please don't ask me to help with Brexit.’
Oh dear. If Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most celebrated physicists and a scientist considered by some to be the greatest since Einstein (a comparison he always rejected), was daunted by negotiating Brexit, it doesn't give much hope for the rest of us…
Born 300 years to the day after the death of Galileo, (a coincidence he liked to allude to), Hawking was known for his contributions to the fields of cosmology and general relativity, especially in the context of black holes. In 1963, he was diagnosed with early-onset motor neurone disease which led to gathering paralysis and eventually the total loss of speech which he overcame with increasingly sophisticated speech-generating equipment. He was a long-standing supporter of the Labour Party and feared the consequences of creeping privatisation, campaigned for nuclear disarmament, and called for action to prevent climate change. Hawking campaigned against Brexit, warning against isolationism and the disaster it could bring for UK science and universities. Who are we to argue with genius?
Smarten up your kitchen with this quip from one of the world’s greatest minds!