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Professor Stephen Hawking believes Zayn might still be in One Direction - in a different universe

The important thing about this is that Stephen Hawking well understands the fact that you can enjoy and/or be upset about frivolous things while simultaneously enjoying and/or being upset about important things.

He also turned this into a massive encouragement for girls to become female scientists as they age.

I fucking love Stephen hawking he gave this a serious answer instead of trivializing teenage girls like most men (esp. highly intelligent nerdy men) do

god bless you sir

When I was like 13 (so about 20 years ago) I sent a bunch of emails off to various physicists asking the question:

“If the universe is expanding what is it expanding into?”

(I had gotten the emails from various websites. It was a more trusting time)

I got three replies.

The first two were non answers basically saying the universe doesn’t really expand into anything because it’s the universe.

The third reply was from Stephen Hawking and this is what he said:

“We don’t know yet. We’re trying to figure that out.”

He could have ignored my email. He could have fobbed me off like the others had done.

Instead he answered me truthfully.

I will NEVER forget that.

Ultimately science wasn’t a career path I could go down (I have dsycalculia) but it helped motivate me through many years of science classes in junior and senior high school and where I consistently got good grades despite my struggles with math.

Stephen Hawking is wonderful

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