New Delhi, Mar 17: British cosmologist Stephen Hawking has once said that Vedas have a theory superior to Albert Einstein’s equation e=mc^2, claimed Union Science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan.   The minister was addressing a gathering at 105th Indian Science Congress, organised at the Manipur University in Imphal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla, Chief Minister N Biren Singh were present on dais. Also Read - Changes Underway in All Sectors to Make This Decade India's: PM Modi During UoM's 100th Convocation

E=mc^2 is an equation that denotes the equivalence of mass and energy, and was first proposed by Einstein in 1905 as part of his Special Theory of Relativity. Also Read - Govt Panel Says COVID-19 Peak Over But Festive Laxity & Winters Can Lead to 26 Lakh New Cases Within Month | Top Points

When reporter asked about the source, Dr. Vardhan, a doctor too, didn’t clarify it and said, “You in the media should do some work and find out the source of this statement. When you have failed, then I shall disclose the source of my information”. Also Read - Kerala Paying Price For 'Gross Negligence' During Onam: Harsh Vardhan on Easing Covid Restrictions For Festivals

Remembering Hawkings, PM Modi referred him in his speech as one of the brightest stars of cosmology and a friend of India. Hawking had visited the country twice.

Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday. The 76-year-old theoretical physicist is best known for his work on black holes. His book ‘A Brief History of Time’ was a bestseller which brought science to the living rooms of the common man.

Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron in 1963 when he was just 21. Doctors had said then that he would live only two years. However, he survived the disease for more than 50 years.