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PostTue Jun 22, 2010 10:31 pm » by Savwafair2012


Hawking speaks on God, the big bang and novel physics
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Harking back to the far-off days when he was a grad student, physicist Stephen Hawking recalls how physicists bristled at the idea of a big bang, with its echoes of the biblical Genesis story.

"One would have to appeal to religion – an act of God – to determine how the universe started off," is how he describes the objectors' attitude. In those days, the very question of whether the universe actually had a beginning was a controversial one, he adds.

Hawking, now aged 68, was speaking on Sunday at the prestigious Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, as he begins a six-week stint there.

Disappointingly to some, his presentation, titled "To boldly go: My life in physics", made no mention of popular topics such as time travel or aliens that he has weighed in on in the past.

Bubbling universe
Instead he took the opportunity to look back at the topics in physics and cosmology that have grabbed his attention over the years, from the nature of black holes to the problem of how the universe began.

The question of the big bang was settled in the mid-1960s with the discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation – the "echo" of the big bang that showed that the universe did have a beginning, he said.

But Hawking reminded the audience that physicists are still trying to deduce the precise mechanism of the universe's explosive birth, and whether there is just one universe or a vast "multiverse" spawned by a multitude of bangs.

It is possible, Hawking said, that universes spring into being "like the formation of bubbles and steam in boiling water". A few of these baby universes reach a critical size, and go on to form galaxies, stars "and maybe beings like us", he added.

Key ingredients
Less mysterious, he said, is the matter of fostering the kind of innovative thinking that leads to scientific breakthroughs. "The recipe is simple: Put willing people together in an inspiring and creative intellectual environment where they are encouraged to pursue ambitious and timely research."

Hawking spoke of Germany in the 1920s, when the foundations of quantum mechanics were developed, and again of Cambridge, UK, in the 1960s, when the framework of modern cosmology was established. He then courteously likened the environment at Perimeter to these powerhouses of innovation. "It seems to me, the same ingredients are being assembled here in Waterloo," he said.

Expecting the Perimeter Institute to deliver insights on this scale is clearly a tall order. Even the institute's director, physicist Neil Turok, admitted that assembling brilliant minds in one place is just one element; luck is still a factor.

What is perhaps a more certain result of Hawking's time in Canada is that scientists there – particularly young ones – will be inspired by his presence. "To try out your idea on somebody as insightful as Stephen can be extremely valuable," Turok told New Scientist.

Hawking holds a Distinguished Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute, and is expected to spend several weeks there each summer. "I am hoping, and expecting, great things to happen here," he said.


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PostTue Jun 22, 2010 10:36 pm » by Nibirutracker


For a genius he sure is stupid as fuck and narrow minded.
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PostTue Jun 22, 2010 11:57 pm » by Harryjackson


nibirutracker wrote:For a genius he sure is stupid as fuck and narrow minded.


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PostWed Jun 23, 2010 2:10 am » by Nibirutracker


harryjackson wrote:
nibirutracker wrote:For a genius he sure is stupid as fuck and narrow minded.


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PostWed Jun 23, 2010 2:12 am » by Conspiracybits


Thread is getting funny but seriously back on topic if you will. Hawking speaks to God. Nice to touch base with the creator.
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