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New Harry Potter is all about science

British physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking said on Tuesday that he and his daughter are writing a science book for children. "It will be a bit like Harry Potter in the universe, about science, no magic," Hawking said in Hong Kong during his six-day visit.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 13:25 IST

British physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking said on Tuesday that he and his daughter are writing a science book for children. "It will be a bit like Harry Potter in the universe, about science, no magic," Hawking said in Hong Kong during his six-day visit.

His daughter, Lucy Hawking, a journalist who is travelling with her father, said the book would be about theoretical physics. "It's like Harry Potter meets A Brief History of Time," she said.

A Brief History of Time was the international bestseller written by her father. It attempted to explain a range of subjects in cosmology, including the Big Bang, black holes, light cones and superstring theory, to the nonspecialist reader.

"I have an eight-year-old son and we both see this project as a way of explaining my father's work to him," she said. It is the 64-year-old scientist's first visit to Hong Kong.

He will deliver a lecture on Thursday titled 'The Origin of the Universe' to an audience of 2,500 at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

During his visit, Hawking will meet with Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang before heading to Beijing where he will give a lecture on string theory.

Hawking, a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge, speaks with a voice synthesiser and has been in a wheelchair since developing motor neurone disease when he was a teenager.