There is nothing bigger or older than the universe.
By: Stephen Hawking
If you understand the universe, you control it, in a way.
Up until the 1920s, everyone thought the universe was essentially static and unchanging in time.
Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?
Many badly needed goals, like fusion and cancer cure, would be achieved much sooner if we invested more.
There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature.
My father was a research scientist in tropical medicine, so I always assumed I would be a scientist, too. I felt that medicine was too vague and inexact, so I chose physics.
The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
There are plenty of dead scientists I admire, but I cant think of any living ones. This is probably because it is only in retrospect that one can see who made the important contributions.
The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.
Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in.
I first had the idea of writing a popular book about the universe in 1982. My intention was partly to earn money to pay my daughters school fees.
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