Women the biggest mystery - Hawking

2012-01-05 22:38

London - The biggest mystery in the universe perplexing one of the world's best known scientists is - women.

When New Scientist magazine asked Brief History of Time author Stephen Hawking what he thinks about most, the Cambridge University professor renowned for unravelling some of the most complex questions in modern physics answered: "Women. They are a complete mystery."

The wheelchair-bound Hawking, who only recently retired from a post once held by Isaac Newton, talked to the magazine in the run-up to celebrations for his 70th birthday about his biggest scientific blunder and his hopes for modern science.

Hawking is due to celebrate his 70th birthday on Sunday with a public symposium entitled The State of the Universe at the University of Cambridge's Centre for Theoretical Cosmology.

Hawking heads a list of speakers including British Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Saul Perlmutter and Kip Thorne, one of the world's leading theoretical physicists.

  • John - 2012-01-06 00:06

    Agree with him on that one....

      Squeegee - 2012-01-06 08:16

      I finally agree with Hawking - on this subject anyway.

      Merven - 2012-01-06 09:24

      Come on Hawking! If you understand the Chaos theory, you will understand women!

  • yummyhamster - 2012-01-06 00:12

    for a man that is that smart he only realizes that now ? he must be slipping in his old age..

      sprinkaan - 2012-01-06 07:23

      He never said he only realises it now, just that its something he thinks about most.

  • Anthony Faul - 2012-01-06 00:16


  • Haepy - 2012-01-06 00:27

    Understanding women is not that bad, you only need to know and understand 32,893,728,746,189,464 things...

      Dave - 2012-01-06 06:44

      This is an understatement:-)

      Pieter - 2012-01-06 08:51

      Okay common guys lets face it. Without this mistery live would be boring. Give Hawking a bells!

  • Bob - 2012-01-06 00:33

    Clever guy!....wise guy!

  • Eugene - 2012-01-06 03:22

    Female species of any kind do not fit into the evolution theory hoax. The big bang cannot explain the male and female sexes.

      Ben S - 2012-01-06 04:36

      Yes, theories about the big bang and other relevant matters cannot be contradicted by anyone but theories about women can, because women exist. This is something that a scientist must find very disturbing. The term theoretical physicist says it all. This time I must believe what they say, but then I was told at a very young age not to try and understand a woman because I will be wasting most of my life, just accept them as they are. This tip has been very useful.

      Ben S - 2012-01-06 05:55

      Be careful of what you read in books. It was written by people who might be less intelligent than yourself.

      Eugene - 2012-01-06 07:15

      Hey, quit making silly statements under my name!

      Garhul - 2012-01-06 10:34

      Personally I think the male and female sexes are the best reason for a big bang. However some like it with just one of the sexes...

      Jaco - 2012-01-06 10:37


      Jaco - 2012-01-06 10:39

      this stupidity is offensive to me, you clearly don't know anything about evolution or the big bang, you are probably christian too making blind statements about creationism

      Lionel - 2012-01-06 10:50

      LOl nice pun!

      Grant - 2012-01-06 12:19

      @Jaco - my guess is that YOU dont understand much about the Big Bang or is the case with most people who shout their mouth's off about it...

      Martin - 2012-01-06 13:38

      15 Questions for Evolutionists: Another interesting read:

  • Michael Ebersohn - 2012-01-06 05:46

    Is this true?

      Craig - 2012-01-06 09:51

      It's incomplete. If N24 gave the full story it would be a lot less sensationalist.

  • Silvana - 2012-01-06 06:14

    Stupid article News24. It's got no substance.

      Vegi - 2012-01-06 07:05

      True. This article is very stupid and lacks substance. It does not even say why the scientist find women a mystery. Is it their anatomy or emotional well being that is a mystery? The scientist obviously explained why he finds women a mystery. Stupid stupid article. Writting skills are appalling at News24.

      Willie - 2012-01-06 07:49

      News24 only reports,who is stupid you or news24

      Burtfred - 2012-01-06 07:50

      Silvana, are you a woman?

  • Garth - 2012-01-06 06:18

    How does a man keep a woman happy? You remember her birthday, the anniversary of your first kiss, the day that you met(was the sun shining?), her mother's birthday, her favourite ice-cream, her fathers birthday, her favourite movie, book and music, the names of her brothers and sisters, her favourite chocolate, how she drinks her tea/coffee, her favourite starter, main course and dessert, her current BFF and whether or not she has seen Casablanca and if yes, how many times. How does a woman keep a man happy. She arrives naked, bringing food and beer.

      Vegi - 2012-01-06 07:10

      I pity you and your inane schedule.

      Vegi - 2012-01-06 07:12

      I have no wish to follow goal posts that are shifting daily. I still pity you and your inane schedule.

      Thabo - 2012-01-06 07:30

      Spot on mate!

      kmphasha - 2012-01-06 08:04

      Don't forget that always you should be the first to speak about all of those things you mentioned. As a brotherly warning things you mentioned is only 0.01% of the list you still have to long way to go if you need to understand the mystery

      Kirsten - 2012-01-06 10:36

      As a woman, I'm not going to disagree with you Garth!

      Jaco - 2012-01-06 10:52

      allot of chocolate and ice cream in there, guess that's why 90% of them are fat

  • hein.huyser - 2012-01-06 06:22

    Always thought that Hawking lacks in that department. He can't even figure Genesis out, how in the world does he expect to understand woman. I pity him. He will always be remembered as a brilliant mind who applied his wisdom for evil.

      UweK - 2012-01-06 09:17

      Genesis is easy to understand, the creation story in Genesis was written for sheep herders wondering around in a desert. The was day and night but no sun moon or stars... what made the light ? If you say God then you need a smack in the head. If God gave the light (and I'm not denying that it is possible) then why create the sun later ? Why not remain the light ? Noah loaded EVERY animal (male and female) on the Ark.. the bible states how big the Ark was... the Ark wasn't big enough for all the animals AND food for them for over 40 days. Unless the species then EVOLVED from those few till the hordes of different ones we have today...but that means evolution is true and your hypothesis is incorrect. Think man, God never ever said you aren't allowed to think.

      Phoenix - 2012-01-06 09:37

      For a moment I thought I was transported to the dark ages! I pity YOU hein huyser.

      sean.d.parker - 2012-01-06 12:06

      So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. -Simple and yet complex :) -Genesis is wisdom literature designed to get you to think - the Greek and the non-Greek, the wise and the foolish :) it's not about science or science fiction. It's not a text book - that would be boring!

  • TrueBlue - 2012-01-06 06:22

    Any man who says he totally understands women is a fool. ‘Cause they are un-understandable. There’s a wishing fountain at the mall. And I threw a coin in for every woman in the world and made a wish. I wished for Jan to get over me, I wished for Phyllis a plasma TV, I wished for Pam to gain courage, I wished for Angela a heart, and for Kelly a brain. “Michael, how can you appreciate women so much, but also dump one of them?” You mean, how can I be so illogical and flighty and unpredictable and emotional? Well maybe I learned something from women after all. - Steve Carell as Michael Scott

  • Breinlekkasie - 2012-01-06 06:26

    You don't have to understand women you just need to give them what they need. I greater mystery to me is why people are so obviously stupid and prepare to accept that from themselves.

  • jandreleroux - 2012-01-06 06:50

    This is probably the only thing that Evolutionists and Creationists can completely agree on!

  • Vegi - 2012-01-06 07:17

    The most effective way of dealing with a woman is to be a mystery yourself. In that way she will spend most of her time trying to understand you. She will have very little time left for her endless demands/wishes.

  • LekkePerd - 2012-01-06 07:18

    Happy Birthday Sir, once again you are right and i agree- lol

  • kmphasha - 2012-01-06 07:52

    I quitted science decades ago because I failed to understand this mystery and am surprised the greatest scientist only realized it now. They are not only mysterious but dangerous spies which one must run for his life on sees one.

  • Dinky - 2012-01-06 07:54

    The only reason why a man is so easy for a female to manipulate into confusion is because she thinks above the belt and he thinks below the belt. The Creator's secret weapon to help the physically weaker to find some equality. Ever heard of a thingie called an EGO guys ? It always, always gets in your way ! Females know that only men are too egositic to know that. Even a teeny little cute chubby daddy's girl knows that ! "I love you daddy." "You are MY daddy."

  • Americo - 2012-01-06 07:54

    Great minds think alike

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-01-06 08:07

    this took him over 70 years to realize?

  • Vaaldonkie - 2012-01-06 08:08

    Women are NOT that mysterious. You should just not put any stock into what they say they want and focus on what they respond to. It's not that hard.

  • pieter0827006294 - 2012-01-06 08:10

    They'r not only a mystery, They're blooming impossible to understand let alone predict. And That's why they're not scientifically comprehensible.

      UweK - 2012-01-06 09:20

      the only predictable thing about women is their unpredictability

  • Justin - 2012-01-06 08:21

    Just watch Mark Gungor's - laugh your way to a better marriage - great insight into how a womens mind works.

  • Vicnesh - 2012-01-06 08:24

    The biggest question in science today is finding the answer to the "equation of everything" and even if we do one day find this answer we will still not find the answer to understanding woman !

      UweK - 2012-01-06 09:20

      the answer is 42

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      Karen - 2012-01-06 14:25

      And this is a woman studying law. Be afraid, be very afraid :) I do agree though.

  • crismoyo - 2012-01-06 09:25

    Stupid article. On the contrary I thnk its the opposite sex who are a mystery.

  • HugoVaughan - 2012-01-06 10:55

    I look forward to the day when scientists are equally confused by men. That means half of them would be women.

  • Renier - 2012-01-06 11:02

    And Homer says "DOH"!

  • Gordon - 2012-01-06 11:26

    Squeegee - I would like to hear what you disagree with him on... and why.

  • Grace - 2012-01-06 11:37

    ha ha ha ha ha !

  • Sivuyisiwe - 2012-01-06 11:53

    Oh please what is so mysterious about women, it is people who think women are that keep on perpertuating the mystery. Ask playboys why women eat out of the palm of their hands,its only because they know what women want.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-06 12:30

    Freud and Einstein said the same thing.

  • eric.makouana - 2012-01-06 12:48

    The man who will understand the woman fully, will be the happiest one on earth

      Karen - 2012-01-06 14:19

      Now where's the fun in that :)

  • EyesEars - 2012-01-06 14:12

    Probably because the human mind differs between a woman and a man and a woman will look at things completely different, therefor the human mind of a woman are not meant to be unravelled like a jig-saw puzzle. That's why every woman are being made unique.

  • Karen - 2012-01-06 14:17

    If 'Adam' came first and 'Eve' second, it is only logical that she is the newest model right? One does not expect a 'PS2' to understand a 'PS3's' technology ;P

  • Karen - 2012-01-06 14:34


  • Piet - 2012-01-06 22:16

    Woman are there to cook the food, clean the house, and bring up the children, what exactly is there to understand?

  • Raul - 2012-01-20 22:07

    This was discovered by me not Stephen Hawking.

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