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Top ten persons of London Paralympics

People's Daily Online)  08:28, September 12, 2012

Photo taken on August 29 show Stephen Hawking, world's greatest scientist, at the opening ceremony of London Paralympics. In front of a billion viewers, Hawking ruminated on the origins of the universe. ( Yang Lei)

Edited and translated by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

Top 1. Stephen Hawking

"Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have craved for an understanding of the underlying order of the world—why it is as it is, and why it exists at all," the quadriplegic British theoretical physicist intoned, as vaguely celestial music jingled over the PA in a darkened stadium. "But even if we do find a complete theory of everything, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations, and makes a universe for them to describe?"

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