This week Stephen Hawking stepped down from the nation's most illustrious science chair - Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge. As a committee of University boffins decide on his replacement, leading Physicists worry that Britain risks losing the next generation of great minds. The government has put pressure on Universities to focus more on money-making projects rather then deep intellectual ones, such as the Unified Field Theory that Professor Hawking has been working on for so many years. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/oct/02/search-for-stephen-hawkings-successor So, are we doomed to fall further behind the rest of the world in terms of scientific discovery? Or will our great minds blossom anyway?