But when asked recently what, if anything, he did not understand, Hawking's answer was both simple and understandable -- "women."
But while its a cultural given that men don't understand women, it turns out that sometimes women don't understand girls.
It is with this in mind that the Pottstown YWCA, which has declared 2012 "The Year of the Young Woman," has set a series of talks called, appropriately, "Girl Talk Series."
"Do you know what today's girls are really thinking about? Do you really know what is important to them? Do you know how they see their future?" asks the flyer announcing the series.
The first of these will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the YW, 315 King St., and is titled "Bridging the Gap."
It is geared toward helping women and girls bridge the generation gap that separates them.
The program, which is free with a reservation made by calling 610-323-1888, will feature an "insightful panel discussion including younger and 'seasoned' women."
The other subjects to be covered in the series are as follows:
- Journaling -- in February
- Body Image -- in March
- Non-Traditional Careers -- in May
- Cyber Bullying and Stalking -- in July
- Go Green -- in September
- Advocacy in November.