The final book of late physicist Stephen Hawking was published on Tuesday, October 16, week and one of the most prominent explanations coming from the renowned personality is about God.
In the book titled,’Brief Answers to the Big Questions‘, Hawking writes,
- We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God.
- No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization: there is probably no heaven and afterlife either. I think belief in the afterlife is just wishful thinking.
- It flies in the face of everything we know in science. I think that when we die we return to dust.
- But there is a sense we live on, in our influence, and in the genes, we pass to our children
As Cnet reported, Hawking goes on to say in his book that the realization about God made him to decide that belief in an afterlife was just “wishful thinking” and that “when we die, we return to dust.”
Throughout his life, people asked Stephan Hawking the same questions, and Brief Answers to Big Questions aims to answer these questions. Hawking started this book in the last year of his life but didn’t finish it before he died at 76, earlier this year in March.
Family members, friends, and academic colleagues finished the book from material drawn from his large personal archives, and Lucy Hawking, his daughter, spoke at its launch at the Science Museum on Monday. Speaking to AFP, she said:
- It was very emotional. I turned away because I had tears forming.
- It feels sometimes like he’s still here because we talk about him and hear his voice—and then we have the reminder that he’s left us.
The book tackles many of such complex questions, including if humanity will survive, the threat of nuclear war, climate change, and so on. Hollywood actor Eddie Redmayne, who played Hawking in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything, has written the book’s foreword.
10 of the biggest Question answered by Hawking –
Is there a God?
There is no God. No one directs the universe.
How did it all begin?
In a hot Big Bang.
What is inside a black hole?
Falling into a black hole is definitely bad news. If it were a stellar-mass black hole you would be made into spaghetti before reaching the horizon.
Can we predict the future?
No, and yes. In principle the laws allow us to predict the future but in practice, it is too difficult.
Is time travel possible?
Travel back in time can’t be ruled out according to our present understanding.
Will we survive on Earth?
The present world order has a future but it will be a very different one.
Is there other intelligent life in the universe?
There are forms of intelligent life out there. We need to be wary of answering back until we have developed a bit further.
Should we colonize space?
I expect within the next hundred years we will be able to travel to anywhere in the Solar System.
Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?
A super-intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing goals and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours we’re in trouble.
How do we shape the future?
Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.
Known for his outstanding contribution to physics and cosmology, Stephan Hawking died earlier this year in March.