Move Over God, Here Comes Science…
In His New Book, The Grand Design, Acclaimed Scientist Stephen Hawking Shifts Away from His Earlier Theory on the Nature of the Universe
Move over Biblical interpretation of origin of world; bye Darwin’s concept; The Quranic and Vedic theories are also seemingly not acceptable. The Big Bang theory is the prevailing cosmological theory of the early development of the universe. The theory postulates that the Big Bang event took place at some finite time in the past; according to the best available measurements as of 2009, 13.7 billion years ago. According to the Big Bang model, the universe, originally in an extremely hot and dense state that expanded rapidly, has since cooled by expanding to the present diluted state, and continues to expand today.
And according to British scientist Stephen Hawking in this new book The Grand Design, God no longer has any place in theories on the creation of the Universe due to a series of developments in physics. In a hardening of the more accommodating position on religion that he took in his 1988 international best-seller A Brief History of Time, Hawking said the Big Bang was merely the consequence of the law of gravity.
“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 writes in The Grand Design. “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going,” added the wheelchair-bound expert. Hawking has achieved worldwide fame for his research, writing and television documentaries despite suffering since the age of 21 motor neurone disease that has left him disabled and dependent on a voice synthesiser.
In A Brief History of Time, Hawking had suggested that the idea of God or a divine being was not necessarily incompatible with a scientific understanding of the Universe. But in his latest work, Hawking cites the 1992 discovery of a planet orbiting a star outside our own solar system as a turning point against Isaac Newton’s belief that the Universe could not have arisen out of chaos.
“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 as evidence that the Earth was carefully designed just to please us human beings,” he wrote. Hawking argued earlier this year that mankind’s only chance of long-term survival lies in colonizing space, as humans drain Earth of resources and face a terrifying array of new threats.
He also warned in a recent television series that mankind should avoid contact with aliens at all costs, as the consequences could be devastating. God didn’t create the universe – it was actually a result of the inevitable laws of physics, Hawking concluded.
In his latest book, The Grand Design, Hawking says, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there’s something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.” He rejects Sir Isaac Newton’s theory that the universe did not spontaneously begin to form but was set in motion by God. “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going,” he was quoted by ‘The Daily Telegraph’ as saying.
Prof Hawking didn’t dismiss the possibility that God had a hand in the creation of the world in his 1998 book, ‘A Brief History of Time’. He wrote in his famous work: “If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason — for then we should know the mind of God.” Prof Hawking’s book, co-written by American physicist Leonard Mlodinow, will be published on September 9.
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