Stephen Hawking on Cosmology

Time magazine (20 Sep 2010) recently recommended Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow new book titled:  The Grand Design:

In Hawking’s new book, the authors bring to the field an anecdotal clarity that is something of a first for this genre.  You will be humbled by the comparison of goldfish gazing out of a bowl and humans gazing out at the cosmos, but you may also understand for the first time why different realities can be governed by predictable physics.

And:

Making science like this interesting is not all that hard; making it accessible is the real trick, one that The Grand Design pulls off.

Hawking’s book, however, is making publicity in the popular press by explaining the “creation of the universe minus God.”  According to Dan Vergano of USA Today (6 Sep 2010):

Describing the creator as “not necessary” in his latest book is just another day at the office for Stephen Hawking, better known as “one of the foremost theoritical physicists of this century” in the words of the Oxford Dictionary of Scientists.

The authors also “lay down their views on intelligent design (bad), string theory (good) and philosophy (dead)”:

“We’re not saying there is no God, we’re saying there is no need for God to explain the universe,” says Mlodinow.

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2 Responses to Stephen Hawking on Cosmology

  1. Ron Krumpos says:

    In “The Grand Design” Stephen Hawking postulates that the M-theory may be the Holy Grail of physics…the Grand Unified Theory which Einstein had tried to formulate and later abandoned. It expands on quantum mechanics and string theories.

    In my e-book on comparative mysticism is a quote by Albert Einstein: “…most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty – which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all religion.”

    E=mc², Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, is probably the best known scientific equation. I revised it to help better understand the relationship between divine Essence (Spirit), matter (mass/energy: visible/dark) and consciousness (f(x) raised to its greatest power). Unlike the speed of light, which is a constant, there are no exact measurements for consciousness. In this hypothetical formula, basic consciousness may be of insects, to the second power of animals and to the third power the rational mind of humans. The fourth power is suprarational consciousness of mystics, when they intuit the divine essence in perceived matter. This was a convenient analogy, but there cannot be a divine formula.

  2. roger hansen says:

    In Time magazine (15 Nov 2010), Stephen Hawking answered Basanta Borah’s (Basel, Switzerland) question “If God doesn’t exist, why did the concept of his existence become almost universal?” as follows:

    “I don’t claim that God doesn’t exist. God is the name people give to the reason we are here. But I think that reason is the laws of physics rather than someone with whom one can have a personal relationship.”

    Commenting on this response in Inbox (Time, 29 Nov 2010), Marilynn Chintella (Chehais, Washington) stated: “As I see it, the only handicap Hawking has is his inability to recognize a personal God who created the universe.”

    And Vivek Metrotra (San Diego) states: “Someone needs to nudge Mr Hawking on the shoulder and tell him that the realm of God likely begins where physics ends. Trying to explain God’s existence from within the confines of physics reminds me of the saying “When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.””

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