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Stephen Hawking: God did not create the universe

09-03-2010 11:24 BJT

BEIJING, Sept. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going," the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking writes in a new book.

In "The Grand Design," co-authored with U.S. physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking brings up his idea that God did not create the universe and the "Big Bang" was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, according to Reuters reports.

Stephen W. Hawking is present at the opening ceremony of the World Science
Festival in New York, US, June 2, 2010. (Xinhua File Photo)

"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," Hawking writes.

Hawking's new comments are different from his previous views. He wrote in "A Brief History" ... "If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for then we should know the mind of God."

"The Grand Design" is due to go on sale next week.

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Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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