How Stephen Hawking Got God So Amazingly Wrong
by Tom Gilson
Stephen Hawking was possibly the greatest scientist of our generation. In his final work before his death, he said there is no God, because the universe created itself from nothing in accordance with natural law.
Great scientists can still write real nonsense.
The book is Brief Answers to the Big Questions. Maria Popova gushes over it at BrainPickings.org, telling us Hawking gave “the definitive answer” to the question of God. My first thought was, “Wow. Definitive? Really?” Then I read on and found, as expected, that Hawking had accomplished no such thing — despite all his scientific brilliance.
He didn’t do it in his earlier book The Grand Design, co-authored with Leonard Mlodinow, either. I’ve read and reviewed The Grand Design. Popova’s article leads me to believe the answer he gives in both books is similar. Especially this one: He says the universe could have created itself from nothing.
It’s a spectacular claim. And it takes no scientific background at all to show he’s wrong…