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Hawking bestseller tops poll to launch Darwin Festival 2009.

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London, July 2 (ANI): Stephen Hawking Noun 1. Stephen Hawking - English theoretical physicist (born in 1942)
Hawking, Stephen William Hawking
 says he is 'flattered' by a Cambridge University Cambridge University, at Cambridge, England, one of the oldest English-language universities in the world. Originating in the early 12th cent. (legend places its origin even earlier than that of Oxford Univ.  poll voting "A Brief History of Time" as the publication most likely to have the same impact as Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species for future generations.

The online poll was run by the University in preparation for its eagerly-awaited Darwin Anniversary Festival, from July 5-10.

Some of the world's foremost thinkers, writers and scientists will gather in Cambridge next week for the Festival marking 200 years since the great naturalist's birth.

Staff and students at Cambridge were asked which science publication of the past half-century best deserves to be remembered in 150 years' times. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.

Professor Hawking said: "I'm very flattered. I'm glad that so many people share my interest in the big questions - How does the Universe work? Where do we come from?"

Meanwhile, the Darwin Festival features some of the scientific world's most eminent names including Richard Dawkins Clinton Richard Dawkins (born March 26, 1941) is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science writer who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.  and Lord Martin Rees while Discworld author Terry Pratchett Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948) is a British fantasy and science fiction author, best known for his Discworld series. Other works include the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy and the Bromeliad Trilogy.  and poet Ruth Padel represent the widespread and continuing influence of Darwin on the arts.

Nobel Prize winners Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
Year Recipient(s)
1969 Ragnar Frisch Jan Tinbergen
1970 Paul A. Samuelson
1971 Simon Kuznets
1972 Sir John R. Hicks Kenneth J.
 Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Rockefeller University and Harold Varmus will also fly in from the United States to join a host of experts in exploring Darwin's continued legacy, 200 years after his birth.

They will be joined by everything from string quartets to street dancers and opera singers to rappers for the Festival celebrations in the city where Darwin was an undergraduate.

Festival director Miranda Gomperts said: "Many events this year have celebrated Darwin's 200th anniversary, but we believe the University of Cambridge's Darwin Anniversary Festival is unique in demonstrating why Darwin's theories continue to matter, and how they will continue to help us understand science, medicine, society and culture.

"And nowhere else this year will you find the breadth of expertise gathered in one place, at one time to debate and discuss these issues."

In addition to lectures and discussions, participants can enjoy a range of exhibitions, shows and fringe events.

The Darwin Festival is a key event in the University of Cambridge's wider 800th Anniversary celebrations.

Meanwhile, the poll that voted Hawking's bestseller as the most likely to be remembered in 150 years' time also named James Watson and Francis Crick, who proposed the double helix double helix
The coiled structure of a double-stranded DNA molecule in which strands linked by hydrogen bonds form a spiral configuration. Also called DNA helix, Watson-Crick helix.
 structure of DNA DNA: see nucleic acid.
 or deoxyribonucleic acid

One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes.
, as the scientists whose name would be best remembered in 200 years' time. (ANI)

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