‘A Brief History of Time’ by Steven Hawking some years earlier had given me the impression that I am ready to study Physics! I just loved it. Back then it was probably more the simple/attractive language the British cosmologist used rather than the theories themselves that made me enjoy the book. (Now I think that I certainly understood less than I believed at that time…).
This month Hawking and Leornard Mlodinow promise ‘new answers to the ultimate questions of life’. This is the subtitle of their recently published book: The Grand Design (Bantam Press). The authors adopt an approach which they call ‘model-dependent approach’ in order to provide a model of the world, both how and why the universe was created. They suggest that the ‘M-theory’, a series of theories, can provide an answer to the question of creation.
Some articles appeared last week commenting on Hawking’s transition from Agnosticism to Atheism. The reason probably is found in chapter 1 where the authors state: ‘..M-Theory predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing. Their creation does not require the intervention of some supernatural being or god’. (p.8).
I have only read the first chapter , ‘The Mystery of Being’, so there is more discussion and observations to follow. Some points from the first chapter:
- ‘…philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge…’ (p.5)
- ‘Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why this particular set of laws and not some other?’
Is that just me or are the above points a bit contradictory? If the quest for knowledge is the ultimate aim of the scientists, then, in what they really differ from the philosophers? In that they use different tools?
P.S. I just realised that I chose to put this post in the Arts category…..By accident? Probably because Hawking makes me perceive Science as Arts…..Or, because the mystery of Cosmos is still concealed both artfully and scientifically… To be continued….