Science superstar Professor Brian Cox has admitted that after years of study he still cannot remember whether clocks go backwards or forwards at the beginning of summertime in the UK.
Suspicions about the celebrity particle physicist’s grasp of BST emerged when he arrived two hours late for a screening of his hit TV series ‘The Wonders of the Solar System’.
Quizzed by security staff at BBC Television Centre, the author of ‘Why Does E=mc²?’ confessed that he had adjusted his alarm clock the wrong way.
Last year, concern about Cox’s timekeeping was voiced by colleagues when he was three hours late for a meeting at the Geneva headquarters of CERN, location of the Large Hadron Collider. Cox blamed flight delays, but today he admitted that he ‘just doesn’t get the whole clocks-going-backwards-and-forward business’.
In a statement, the shamed rockstar/physicist said: “It’s beyond me. I mean, it’s dark and raining but officially it’s summertime. Then, on a nice autumn day, it’s winter. What’s that all about?’
The controversy echoes the row four years ago when Professor Stephen Hawking said that he was convinced that the planet Mars is three miles from Earth and is the size of a golfball.