Stephen Hawking's tip to girls

Apr 28, 2015, 13:55 IST



"Finally, a question about something important," Stephen Hawking cheekily told the audience at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, when asked about the cosmological effect of Zayn (Malik) leaving the band One Direction, and consequently breaking the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world.

Stephen went on to say, “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes. It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe, and in that universe Zayn is still in One Direction.”

Indeed. Study the sciences, for you may find what you think you want—but study the sciences for you may find what you need.

The so called fairer sex has long been discouraged from pursuing the study of sciences with ridiculous Victorian claims of “inflaming the brain” and more being used as water tight arguments. And as in any field, the number of female achievers in this field also is very low as compared to the males. Take the Nobel prizes for example – 803 men and only 44 women have won these distinguished awards.

Recently, at the L’Oréal Paris Healthntrends Women Awards 2015, 17-year-old Hemani Kalucha was awarded for achievement in Science and Innovation for designing a robotic arm. Hemani revealed that in all of the competitions she’d attended, she’d always been the only girl. She also said that because her parents’ attitude had completely shaped her outlook on math and science, allowing her to pursue these subjects.

Today, we’ve got Stephen Hawking who’s making a connection between science and pop culture. While we need to change attitudes at the grassroots to help the as-yet unborn generation of girls grow up without bias, it also behooves us to help the current generations shed their biases (and ours) by creating pathways to these subjects via boy bands if needed.