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Karl Giberson and Mariano Artigas

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310726.001.0001

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 Reading the Mind of God

 Reading the Mind of God

Stephen Hawking

(p.87) 3 Reading the Mind of God
Oracles of Science

Stephen Hawking

Oxford University Press

Stephen Hawking is a public intellectual and the best-selling author of A Brief History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime with George Ellis, Stephen Hawking’s Universe: The Cosmos Explained, and many other books. Hawking is a cosmologist who is well known for his courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He first published his no-boundary proposal in 1970, concerning the expansion of the universe and the big bang, and he introduced his rather technical ideas at the Vatican in 1981, where he also was able to meet and speak with Pope John Paul II. Hawking dislikes the label “atheist”, for his views on God are quite mysterious, and he has written of his quest to “know the mind of God”.

Keywords:   public intellectual, A Brief History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime, Stephen Hawking’s Universe, cosmologist, Lou Gehrig’s disease, no-boundary proposal

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