Stephen Hawking marked his 75th birthday last weekend by giving a talk at Cambridge University and being interviewed by the BBC. His huge media profile notwithstanding, Hawking, a theoretical cosmologist, is still well respected among the scientific community. Even where his theories, such as those on the Big Bang and the origins of the universe, are disputed, his research is taken seriously.
This was the perfect opportunity to look back on his life’s work. But, instead, Hawking took the opportunity to warn us about the catastrophe he thinks will ensue following Brexit and Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate agreement.