Stephen Hawking: Creation did not need God
2nd September 2010
Theories about the creation of the universe have no room for God, Professor Stephen Hawking has argued.
In his new book The Grand Design, which is being part serialised in The Times, the physicist said he now questioned his previous belief that science and the existence of a divine creator could be compatible.
'It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going,' Professor Hawking wrote.
The A Brief History of Time author cited the discovery of a planet orbiting a star other than the Sun in 1992 as evidence that the Earth is not a place 'carefully designed' by God to house human beings.
'Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing,' he added in the new work, which will be published on September 9th.
Professor Hawking, who holds 12 honorary degrees, also wrote The Universe in a Nutshell and Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays.