Hawking: I like Chinese culture, women
Updated: 2006-06-21 17:23
Stephen Hawking charmed a group of Chinese students on Wednesday,
telling them he liked Chinese culture and women while warning that global
warming might turn the Earth into a fiery planet.
Before an audience of
500 at a seminar in Beijing, the wheelchair-bound celebrity cosmologist said, "I
like Chinese culture, Chinese food and above all Chinese women. They are
Stephen Hawking from
the University of Cambridge, one of the world's leading theoretical
physicists, is greeted by a Chinese student in Beijing June 21, 2006.
The audience of mostly university
students and professors and a smattering of journalists applauded.
about the environment, Hawking, who suffers from a degenerative disease and
speaks through a computerized voice synthesizer, said he was "very worried about
global warming." He said he was afraid that Earth "might end up like Venus, at
250 degrees centigrade and raining sulfuric acid."
An occasional visitor
to China, Hawking was in Beijing to attend a conference on string theory, an
area of physics that attempts to explain and model the universe.
has near-superstar status in China, and the
Chinese government preaches that scientific prowess is crucial to the
country's future power.
"In the world there's only one like him. I very
much respect his personality and strong spirit," said Liu Fei, 24-year-old
doctoral candidate at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Physics in