Stephen Hawking is probably the most famous scientist alive.

He is the director of research at the University of Cambridge's Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, was the Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge previously, and his bestselling book A Brief History of Time was on the Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

Through this book, which sold 10 million copies over two decades, Hawking provided popular explanations for the Big Bang, black holes, and various other complex aspects of theoretical physics.

However, Hawking cannot explain Donald Trump's rise in popularity - as he told Good Morning Britain:

I can’t. He’s a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

Well done Trump, your popularity is more complex and inexplicable than black hole radiation, apparently.

Hawking was also asked his thoughts on the upcoming EU referendum, and he urged voters to remain:

The first [reason to remain] is that it promotes the mobility of people. Students can come here from EU countries to study, and our students can go to other EU universities. More importantly, at the level of research, the exchange of people enables skills to transfer more quickly, and brings new people with different ideas, derived from their different backgrounds.

The other reason is financial. The European Research Council has given large grants to UK institutions, either to foster or promote exchanges.

Gone are the days when we could stand on our own, against the world.

We need to be part of a larger group of nations, both for our security and our trade.

HT Guardian

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