There’s no God, says Stephen Hawking in his last book

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 19, 2018

He noted that time travel is possible and that artificial intelligence would likely outsmart humans, another topic which he has previously spoken about.

"There is no God". No one directs the universe", he writes in "Brief Answers to the Big Questions, a copy of which is with IANS. "I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature".

The book was released in the West on Tuesday and arrived at Indian bookstores on Wednesday.

"He was regularly asked a set of questions and what we wanted to do with this book is bring together the most definitive and authentic answers he gave", she said. "He would be absolutely delighted".

Aside from his disbelief in there being a God, Hawking also spoke about his belief in other life forms beyond Earth. "There are forms of intelligent life out there", writes Hawking. "We need to be wary of answering back until we have developed a bit further".

"Travel back in time can't be ruled out according to our present understanding", he wrote.

The British scientist pointed to his own diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, for the basis of his belief.

Hawking died in March at age 76 before the book could be completed - but colleagues and family, including his daughter Lucy, stepped in to finish it.

His many publications included "The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime" with G F R Ellis, "General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey", with W Israel, and "300 Years of Gravitation", with W Israel. "How good is the track record of the human race in using advances in technology for the good of ordinary people?"

"With Brexit and Trump now exerting new forces in relation to immigration and the development of education, we are witnessing a global revolt against experts, and that includes scientists", Hawking said.

"He makes this comment about how we seem to have lost the ability to look outward, and we are increasingly looking inward to ourselves", she added.

Hawking's final message to readers, though, is a hopeful one.

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