Universe is self-created: Hawking
UK scientist writes in new book that "it is not necessary to invoke God to ... get the Universe going".
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2010 21:45 GMT
Stephen Hawking's new book The Grand Design argues that God had nothing to do with the "Big Bang" [EPA]

God did not create the universe and the "Big Bang" was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, Britain's award-winning physicist has said.

In his new book, The Grand Design, to be released this month, Stephen Hawking argues that "because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing".

The book, written with Leonard Mlodinow, a US physicist, is to be published on September 9.

In an extract published in the British newspaper The Times on Thursday, Hawking says that spontaneous creation is the reason there is something - as opposed to nothing, and that unravelling a complex series of theories will explain the universe.

Hawking reportedly argues "it is not necessary to invoke God to ... get the Universe going".

In his previous book, A Brief History of Time, Hawking had appeared to accept the possibility of a creator, saying the discovery of a complete theory would allow humans to "know the mind of God".

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