it came to the creation of the Universe, God just wasn’t necessary.
the conclusion renowned scientist Stephen Hawking has made in his latest tome,
“The Grand Design,” set to hit book sellers next week.
is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the
Universe going,” Hawking writes, according to an excerpt featured in London’s
Big Bang was a natural event which would have happened without the help or
involvement of God, he argues.
there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from
nothing,” Hawking writes.
creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe
exists, why we exist,” he says.
discovery of other planets and solar systems outside of our own, which has
increased since the early 1990s, helped shape Hawking’s belief that the earth
and its neighbours were not divinely developed.
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 as evidence that the Earth was carefully designed just to
please us human beings,” he writes.
including Albert Einstein, generally did not rule out the involvement
of a higher being when it comes to the creation of the universe. Even Hawking
did not exclude the possibility in his earlier book, “A Brief History of
Isaac Newton, who developed the theory of gravity,
historically argued that his science could only explain so much of the universe’s
behaviour, but not its creation.
explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets
in motion,” he wrote.
retired as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge
University last year
after 30 years, a position once held by Newton.