Stephen Hawking, leading cosmologist and recently retired Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, has co-authored a new book, The Grand Design. In it, he claims that the universe did not need God to create it. This conclusion goes against the writings of another famed Lucasian Professor who is credited with discovering the very law Hawking uses as his “proof”–Sir Isaac Newton.

The Telegraph quoted from The Grand Design:

Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.

What would compel a person to ascribe the power of creation to just gravity? Perhaps it stems from the idea that gravity has an equal amount of “negative” energy to perfectly balance all other “positive” energies. Recent investigations into gravity–one of which questioned its very existence–left plenty of room for doubt about claims that depend on an accurate conception of this particular natural force.

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