LONDON (Reuters) – God did not create the universe and the "Big Bang" was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book.
In "The Grand Design," co-authored with U.S. physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant, according to the Times newspaper which published extracts on Thursday.
"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist," Hawking writes.
"It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."
Hawking, 68, who won global recognition with his 1988 book "A Brief History of Time," an account of the origins of the universe, is renowned for his work on black holes, cosmology and quantum gravity.
Since 1974, the scientist has worked on marrying the two cornerstones of modern physics -- Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, which concerns gravity and large-scale phenomena, and quantum theory, which covers subatomic particles.
His latest comments suggest he has broken away from previous views he has expressed on religion. Previously, he wrote that the laws of physics meant it was simply not necessary to believe that God had intervened in the Big Bang.
He wrote in A Brief History ... "If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for then we should know the mind of God."
In his latest book, he said the 1992 discovery of a planet orbiting another star other than the Sun helped deconstruct the view of the father of physics Isaac Newton that the universe could not have arisen out of chaos but was created by God.
"That makes the coincidences of our planetary conditions -- the single Sun, the lucky combination of Earth-Sun distance and solar mass, far less remarkable, and far less compelling evidence that the Earth was carefully designed just to please us human beings," he writes.
Hawking, who is only able to speak through a computer-generated voice synthesizer, has a neuro muscular dystrophy that has progressed over the years and left him almost completely paralyzed.
He began suffering the disease in his early 20s but went on to establish himself as one of the world's leading scientific authorities, and has also made guest appearances in "Star Trek" and the cartoons "Futurama" and "The Simpsons."
Last year he announced he was stepping down as Cambridge University's Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position once held by Newton and one he had held since 1979.
"The Grand Design" is due to go on sale next week.
(Editing by Steve Addison)
Looks like even Hawking is becoming more stupid in his reasoning when he say:
Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist
He need to clarify what is 'singularity' (according to his big bang theory) and how it is there in the first place. The universe must have a beginning, it cant appear out of no where. He will never be able too because only the Creator knows this. He was been given a bit of knowledge and he is now very arrogant.
Its very much like the physic theory that energy cannot be made or destroyed. It just changes from one form to another. The basic theory is understood but if we ask about how are there energy at the first palce, it will defy the man made theory on energy. The energy MUST some from somewhere.
Hawking later gave the stupidest comment saying that due to spontaneous creation, something is there from nothing. In other words, he say that something is created from nothing. First of all, spontaneous is just an unproven raw idea which could not even explain (with evidence) how anything at all is created. Its a theory on how life started. This theory upholds the Darwin ideology which is also a piece of crap from the scientific view.
I dare him to just show how 'something is created from nothing at all'. If he can I will chop off my head.
Try imagine in a vacuum, can anything appear?
People who dont think will fall victims to people like them. Knowledge is power and Allah have given us logical reasoning which will allow us to differ truth from falsehood.