"Theories of Vedas superior to Einstein's equation": Science minister quotes Stephen Hawking

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Whereas most people succumb to the bad disease within five to 10 years, Hawking managed to live with it for over 50 years, accomplishing some of his most important work while confined to a wheelchair, unable even to speak without the aid of a computer. Such a resolution, he contended, would help us understand how the laws of physics govern not only galaxies, stars and planets but subatomic particles.

Late a year ago, Hawking also endorsed Perimeter's new Centre for the Universe and lent his name to a new fellowship for a young theoretical cosmologist. (As The Wall Street Journal noted, Hawking's unexpected longevity "still perplexes neurologists.") Thanks to that longevity, and to the technology that was adapted to give voice to Hawking's remarkable thoughts as well as his sense of humor, he made many of his most important contributions long after doctors would have expected him to be gone.

For the theory of relativity to be true, he and a Cambridge colleague once showed, "then the universe must have sprung into existence, out of what appeared to be nothing, at a specific moment in the past and from a place where gravity became so strong that space and time are curved beyond recognition - what is known as a 'singularity, '" according to the Bangor paper. A triumph of the human spirit.

An interesting statement, since Hawking rejected the existence of a personal God.

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He said, "You find the source". I'd say that, statistically, it is an even better bet that I will never know of that person. "There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark". "But now science offers a more convincing explanation". Professor Hawking believed: "Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something". He saw himself as one of the new priests of reason, having dethroned the old priests of faith and superstition. Perhaps more than anyone else, he inspired me to look at what someone can do rather than what they can't. A creator was unnecessary to creation, Hawking concluded, since the universe might have had no beginning at all. This suggested an analogy with entropy and the second law of thermodynamics, which predicts that disorder of a closed system always increases.

That contradictory view requires more faith than Christianity.

In his interviews over the years, the theoretical physicist alluded that men have an "impersonal God" who did not create life and the universe. "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"

I was sorry this week to learn of the death of Stephen Hawking, one of history's most eminent scientists.

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