Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Stephen Hawking's final book: 'There is no God'

Stephen Hawking's final book: 'There is no God'

The scientist died while still working on the book, which his family and colleagues finished with the help of his vast personal archives.

"There are forms of intelligent life out there", he writes. Well, I suppose it's possible that I've upset someone up there, but I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature, he wrote in the chapter titled Is There a God?

In life, Hawking was a vocal champion of the Big Bang theory - the idea that the universe began by exploding suddenly out of an ultradense singularity smaller than an atom. Matter and energy came afterwards. "For 30 years my father's been regularly asked questions on a number of existential or scientific or ... social questions, and given these very clear responses".

"These laws may or may not have been decreed by God, but he can not intervene to break the laws or they would not be laws".

"If you had to sum up this book, I would say it's a call to unity, it's a call to humanity, it's a call to bring ourselves back together and really face up to the challenges in front of ourselves and try to work together to find a solution", Lucy Hawking said. Now, Hawking's collaborators are left to finish tabulating whether those particles could store enough information to dodge the conflict with quantum mechanics. In quantum studies, it's common to see subatomic particles like protons and electrons seemingly appear out of nowhere, stick around for a while and then disappear again to a completely different location.

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"The universe itself, in all its mind-boggling vastness and complexity, could simply have popped into existence without violating the known laws of nature", he wrote.

Hawking warned that education and science are "in danger now more than ever before". In this ultra-packed point of mass, gravity is so strong that it distorts time as well as light and space. "Black holes would evaporate, but in so doing lose information, which is something quantum mechanics does not allow".

But then, in 2015, Hawking and his collaborators discovered a mechanism by which a black hole might be able to store information at its surface, using ghostly particles with no mass, referred to as "soft hairs". Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.' Hawking also encouraged youth to 'wonder about what makes the universe exist.' In an excerpt of his book published in a British paper, Hawking theorised about the potential emergence of a genetically-enhanced elite. "There is no time for a creator to have existed in".

This argument will do little to persuade theistic believers, but that was never Hawking's intent.

Providing his thoughts on what lies beyond the Earth's atmosphere, Hawking argues that there is more out there than what we know. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate.

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