“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," explain Hawking in his latest book, The Grand Design (an extract of which is published in Eureka magazine in The Times)
Read more: http://life.nationalpost.com/2010/09/02/god-did-not-create-universe-stephen-hawking-says/#ixzz0yPA1Ze00
His book, A Brief History of Time, is available in paperback and I strongly recommend it. It has sold in excess of 10 million copies. An interesting article by physicist, Leon Lederman, a Nobel Prize winner also touches the issue of 'creation' too.
"In the very beginning, there was a void, a curious form of vacuum, a nothingness containing no space, no time, no matter, no light, no sound. Yet the laws of nature were in place and this curious vacuum held potential. A story logically begins at the beginning, but this story is about the universe and unfortunately there are no data for the very beginnings--none, zero. We don't know anything about the universe until it reaches the mature age of a billion of a trillionth of a second. That is, some very short time after creation in the big bang. When you read or hear anything about the birth of the universe, someone is making it up--we are in the realm of philosophy. Only God knows what happened at the very beginning".
The book, co-written by American physicist Leonard Mlodinow, is published on September 9
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