Why Stephen Hawking is Wrong
In his latest book, controversial – but admittedly brilliant – physicist, Stephen Hawking has concluded that God was not necessary for the Universe to come into being, according to an article on the Telegraph.
“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.”
I realize I’m not a physicist of Hawking’s caliber, but this statement is demonstrably absurd. In physics, we believe in the Conservation of Energy. When scientists talk about Conservation of Energy, what they mean is that, in an isolated system, energy can’t be created or destroyed. It can only be converted from one form to another.
Because of Einstein’s famous equation linking energy and mass (E=mc^2), we can also state that mass is conserved. In other words, mass can’t be created or destroyed. It, too, can only be converted to one form or another.
Example: When you eat a banana, your body converts the mass of the banana into chemical energy used to fuel your “engine,” as it were. This is why we measure food in Calories (a Calorie is actually 1,000 calories.) A Calorie is a unit of energy, not mass.
Because matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed, Hawking’s statement that the Universe created itself from nothing violates the basic principles of physics and the laws of thermodynamics.
Hawking, according to the same laws he uses to presuppose God does not exist, is incorrect.
Full disclosure: I still don’t believe in God. I just find Hawking’s argument fallacious and divisive.