Am a big fan of Stephen Hawking as he is one of the few (John Gribbon, Kip Thorne and John Wheeler among others) who have tried to explain to us lay people the worlds of the universe in a clear language.
Here is something interesting that he said :
Hawking spoke to a packed audience in Zellerbach Hall about how Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity and quantum theory explained the creation of the universe.
His lecture, which touched upon subjects such as black holes and spacetime, was peppered with quips that drew laughs from the audience.
“If one believed that the universe had a beginning, the obvious question was, what happened before the beginning,” Hawking said. “What was God doing before He made the world? Was He preparing hell for people who asked such questions?”
A few “bubbles,” Hawking said, will grow to a certain size until they are safe from collapse, and will begin to develop galaxies, stars and eventually human life.
“The universe began with accelerating expansion which we call inflation, because the universe grows in the way prices go up in some countries,” Hawking said. “It expanded in a million trillion trillionths of a second.”
I wonder why he is moving in this direction. The theory of the first few seconds of the creation of the universe is still in works so why choose to go where the theories don’t exist at all!! But then again, that’s what scientists do!!