Stephen Hawking spoke about the formation of the cosmos to a packed house at Caltech on Tuesday.
His lecture entitled "The Origin of the Universe" saw a queue for tickets a quarter of a mile long as people rushed to secure a seat. One of the themes Hawking explored during the talk was the way in which divine intervention is used to counter the theories of physics. "What was God doing before the divine creation? Was he preparing hell for people who asked such questions?" he asked.
During the talk Hawking covered a great deal of concepts surrounding the circumstances in which the universe came about, including M-theory ( the idea of an 11-dimensional universe ) and steady-state theory ( the idea that new matter is continuously created as the universe expands. )
He ended the lecture with his signature views on our exploration of the cosmos. "We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity," he said. "I don’t think we will survive another thousand years without escaping our fragile planet."
"After giving a brief historical background on relativistic physics and cosmology, Hawking discussed the idea of a repeating Big Bang."
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Source: Huffington Post
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