Stephen Hawking Comforts Heartbroken One Direction Fans with Theoretical Physics

Monday, 27 April 2015 - 9:35AM
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Monday, 27 April 2015 - 9:35AM
Stephen Hawking Comforts Heartbroken One Direction Fans with Theoretical Physics
When boy band member Zayn Malik left One Direction, the fans were virtually inconsolable. But if anyone could figure out a way to comfort them, it's probably Stephen Hawking, who has basically just told Zayn fans not to be sad, because science.



While fielding questions about the origins of our cosmos, the future of theoretical physics, and humanity's place in the universe, Hawking was asked the most important question of all: "What do you think is the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction and consequently breaking the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world?"

His answer was epic and suitably technical: "Finally, a question about something important. 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. This girl may like to know that in another possible universe, she and Zayn are happily married."

While it's a bit sexist to characterize all One Direction fans as "teenage girls" in an extremely dismissive context, we can blame that on the poser of the question, and it's definitely a positive to push young girls towards theoretical physics. And his response is just hilariously surreal, to the point that it sounds like someone must have made it up.

Hawking also discussed the recent biopic starring Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything, which was nominated for five Oscars. He said that while he had his doubts about the film at first, "it was surprisingly honest about our marriage."

And finally, when asked whether the universe is "as it is" as a result of a fine-tuning by some kind of higher power. He said simply: "No," and then, "Was he building Hell for people who ask such questions?"

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