The world’s most famous physicist, Stephen Hawking just ruined his chances of being on Celebrity Apprentice. When asked by Good Morning Britain to explain why he thought Donald Trump was so popular, Hawking responded “I can’t. He’s a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.” Just to be clear, this is a man whose life has been dedicated to understanding the history and workings of the entire universe, which is yuge.
Hawking also gave his opinion on a possible exit by Britain from the EU, calling it a disaster for science. “There are two obvious reasons why we should stay in,” he said. “The first 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.”