Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Stephen Hawking's "Brief Answers to the Big Questions"

Stephen Hawking's

"I think the universe was spontaneously created out of nothing, according to the laws of science", Hawking wrote in the book."If you accept, as I do, that the laws of nature are fixed, then it doesn't take long to ask: What role is there for God?" Because the universe was once the size of a subatomic particle itself, it's plausible that it behaved similarly during the Big Bang, Hawking wrote. "I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature".

"These laws may or may not have been decreed by God, but he can not intervene to break the laws or they would not be laws". Besides being a significant scientist, Hawking was also an atheist who believed that "there's no God".

"It sometimes feels 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", Lucy Hawking said for AFP. Hawking wrote that the power to change DNA could create a king of superhuman that may dominate or even wipe out the genetic have-nots of a future civilisation.

In the final chapter of his book, the renowned scientist offered one last bit of advice in answering the question "How do we shape the future?".

In the book Hawking does not rule out the possibility of doing a Back to The Future.

He has also asserted that time travel can not be ruled out. He also enthusiastically assumes that "within the next hundred years we will be able to travel to anywhere in the Solar System".

And he raised a very good question: "How good is the track record of the human race in using advances in technology for the good of ordinary people?"

Hawking was concerned about how "divided" humans have become.

According to his daughter, Hawking believed that "We seem to have lost the ability to look outward, and we are increasingly looking inward to ourselves", a harsh indictment from a man who spent decades in a wheelchair unable to speak, and a warning worth heeding.

Providing his thoughts on what lies beyond the Earth's atmosphere, Hawking argues that there is more out there than what we know.

"This exponential growth can not continue into the next millennium", the beloved scientist said in late 2017. After the scientist's death his book was not finished and had to be terminated by colleagues and family members who were connected with his personal Affairs.

Lucy Hawking said the final book is a "carefully curated" piece containing answers to questions regularly asked of the world famous physicist.

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

What other questions do you wish Stephen Hawking answered in his last book?

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