It's very seldom one has the chance to declare that one of the world's foremost geniuses is dead wrong, and I'm certainly not going to pass up the opportunity. Dr. Stephen Hawking is a world-renowned physicist, an expert on cosmology and black holes, among other topics. He's a Very Smart Guy. He held Newton's chair as Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge (although in Newton's day it wasn't motorized). He is, as has been mentioned, a Very Smart Guy Indeed. But that doesn't stop him from being wrong.