The British scientist, Stephen Hawking’s final work which answers the questions like the potential for time travel and the existence for God, was unveiled on October 15, with the help of his children who aided in completing the book post the astrophysics giant’s death.
For an eternity, Hawking was asked the same things and thus he started to work on “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” last year, but unfortunately, he was unable to finish it before his death in March at the age of 76. Therefore, the theoretical physicist’s colleagues and family completed his unfinished book, by drawing materials from his massive personal archive.
Hawking was regularly asked a particular set of questions and this book is an attempt to compile the most authentic, clearest, and definitive answers that he ever gave.
Published in 1988, “A Brief History of Time” propelled the cosmologist to stardom by proving a worldwide bestseller. It brought around fans from beyond the abstruse world of astrophysics and encouraged people into questioning the astrophysics brainiac his thoughts on bigger topics.
The ten questions that Hawking tackles in this book are:
- The existence of God—Is there a God?
- The Beginning of the Universe—How did it all begin?
- What is inside a black hole?
- Is prediction of future possible?
- For how long will we survive on Earth?
- Are there any other intelligent life in the universe?
- The possibility of time travel—Is time travel possible?
- How do we shape the future?
- Should we colonize space?
- Will artificial intelligence outsmart the human race?
Further explaining in his book, Hawking mentions that other than leaving Earth, humans have no other option to avoid being “annihilated.” He additionally said, humans will be overtaken by computers in the field of intelligence in the coming 100 years, but we need to ensure that the computers have goals associated with ours.
The human race has to enhance its physical and mental qualities, but a genetically-modified race of superhumans would threaten the others.
He continues to explain that by the time people come in terms with reality, it may be too late to take preventive or curative measures. Although people could live on through their genes and influence, there is no concrete evidence for an afterlife and the existence of God.
In the coming 50 years, humans will understand how life started and probably uncover the elsewhere existence of life in the universe. Hawking was deeply concerned that when the challenges that stand in front of us are global, our thinking is becoming more and more local.
Hawking presented black holes in a new light in his final academic paper. He presented the information paradox by publishing a new work that calculated the entropy of black holes. During the book launch, it was turned into an animation narrated by Hawking’s artificial voice.