From his desk at Cambridge University and beyond, Stephen Hawking sent his mind spiraling into the deepest depths of black holes, radiating across the endless cosmos and swirling back billions of years to witness time’s first breath.
By Brandon Specktor | SPACE.com
He viewed creation as a scientist, and when he was called to discuss creation’s biggest puzzles — Where do we come from? What is our purpose? Are we alone? — he answered as a scientist, often to the chagrin of religious critics.
In Stephen Hawking’s final book „Brief Answers to Big Questions,“ published Tuesday (Oct. 16) by Bantam Books, the professor begins a series of 10 intergalactic essays by addressing life’s oldest and most religiously fraught question of all: Is there a God? [Big Bang to Civilization: 10 Amazing Origin Events]
Hawking’s answer — compiled from decades of prior interviews, essays and speeches with the help of his family, colleagues and the Steven Hawking Estate — should come as no surprise to readers who have followed his work, er, religiously.
„I think the universe was spontaneously created out of nothing, according to the laws of science,“ Hawking, who died in March, wrote. „If you accept, as I do, that the laws of nature are fixed, then it doesn’t take long to ask: What role is there for God?“