Saturday, 4 September 2010


Can someone briefly explain what Stephen Hawking meant about there being no creator? I have no real views on religion - it doesn't really affect me, but he is quoted in the times as saying 'as long as there is such a law as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.'  Sorry if that's not quite word for word I'm remembering a 2 day old article haha.
Anyway the thing I don't get is before the universe there would be no 'law such as gravity' because there would be nothing, and so surely the universe could not create itself according to his reasoning? What am I missing here? Someone must know physics well enough - I've already tried all my friends!


  1. I honestly have no idea why people think Hawking would know anything more than anyone ells on religion/god.

    The whole God-discussion is a part of the meta-physic,not the physics, which he is an expert on.

    It is incredible how the religion debate seems to be turning more and more into religion vs physics, which is pretty weird as religion is meta-physic and physic is... well physic, so they don't describe the same thing.
    Hope you understand my message :P

  2. Hawking has repeatedly used the word "God" (in metaphorical meanings) to illustrate points made in his books and public speeches. His ex-wife, Jane said during their divorce proceedings that he was an atheist. Hawking has stated that he is "not religious in the normal sense" and he believes that "the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws." Hawking compared religion and science in 2010, saying: "There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works." On September 2010, Hawking was reported to have written in his new book The Grand Design that the laws of physics can create the universe out of nothing, it doesn't require God and that his previous use of the word "God" was merely rhetorical.

    Hope this helps to clear it up.

  3. Alright thanks a lot guys, I knew someone would be able to help :)

  4. The big bang never happened, the universe has always existed and will always exist. The reason galaxies are moving away from each other is because the universe is a huge bubble orbiting another even bigger universe

  5. I think the important thing is just that something can be created from nothing so a creator isn't needed to create the something. I have no idea on his reasoning how something comes from nothing, or how it will be proven, I may just have to buy his new book.

    I do know that Hawking radiation (energy black holes give off) relies on particles and antiparticles being created in empty space from nothing (as long as the sum of matter and energy is = 0), which might be related to what he's going on about now.