Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

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

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Sandy Nunez | 20 October, 2018, 02:41

The final book of late physicist Stephen Hawking was published on Tuesday, October 16, week and one of the most prominent explanations coming from the renowned personality is about God.

For most of his adult life, Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is a neurodegenerative disorder, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. For some that may not be such a bold claim but Hawking explains, "For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God", adding, "I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature".

He noted that time travel is possible and that artificial intelligence would likely outsmart humans, another topic which he has previously spoken about.

The book, released today, also touches on what is inside a black hole, is there is intelligent life in the Universe and how did it all begin. "I think belief in the afterlife is just wishful thinking", said Stephen Hawking in one of his articles, cited by Sarah Knapton from The Telegraph.

He died in March at the age of 76 years, after two years of his life he was diagnosed that he wouldn't live to 21. Therefore, the theoretical physicist's colleagues and family completed his unfinished book, by drawing materials from his massive personal archive.

And he leaves open the possibility of other phenomena.

"He realized that people specifically wanted his answers to these questions", the scientist's daughter, Lucy Hawking, who partook in writing the book, told CNN.

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He has also asserted that time travel can not be ruled out.

He also believes humans will be capable of extraordinary space travel reaching "anywhere in the Solar System within the next hundred years".

Hawking saw the world on the brink of a "vast transformative change" when he died, she noted, adding: "He's asking us not to go into the future blindly".

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?"

"I feel sometimes like he's still here because we talk about him and we hear his voice and we see images of him", she said, "and then we have the reminder that he's left us".

If you'd like a copy of Hawking's final book, it's now available on Amazon.

As for the future, he advises his young readers in the last Chapter of book: "don't forget to look at the stars and not on your feet".