The latest work of Stephen Hawking, which deals with such problems as the existence of God or the possibility of time travel, was presented on Monday his children who tried to finish the book after the death of the British giant of astrophysics. Hawking was always asking about the same things, so he began work on “Short answers to big questions” in the past year, but never finished it until his death in March at the age of 76 years. The book was completed by family and academics-physics colleagues, taking material from his own personal archive.
“He was constantly asked about the same,” says his daughter Lucy Hawking.
The last book Hawking
In this book the physicist tried to “bring the most accurate, clear, understandable answers that he gave”.
“It is a pity that he did not see any of this”, says the daughter.
Hawking, from his youth confined to a wheelchair due to illness, devoted his life to the mysteries of the Universe. Special popularity brought him a book in 1988 “a brief history of time”. He gained fans outside the world of astrophysics and inspired people to think about the fundamentals of existence. Some of the questions he left in his last book.
The big questions
Ten questions that tried to answer the Hawking, were as follows:
- Does God exist?
- How it all started?
- What is black hole?
- Can we predict the future?
- Is it possible to travel in time?
- Will we be able to survive on Earth?
- Is there other intelligent life in the Universe?
- Should we colonize space?
- Will surpass the us artificial intelligence?
- How do we shape the future?
In his book, Hawking says that people have no other option but to leave the Earth, otherwise they risk to be “destroyed”.
He says that computers will surpass humans in intelligence within the next 100 years, but “we need to make sure that computers have the objectives agreed with us.”
Hawking says that the human race has improved its mental and physical properties, but genetically modified race of supermen, possessing excellent memory and immunity to disease, will surpass the rest.
He believed that by the time people realize what is happening with climate change, may already be too late.
Hawking says that the simplest explanation is that God does not exist, and that there is no conclusive evidence of existence after death, although people can continue to live under the influence.
In the next 50 years, according to Hawking, we start to understand where life began and will probably open up existing somewhere else in the Universe life.
“He was deeply concerned that while problems are global, we are becoming more local in their thinking,” said Lucy Hawking. “This is a call to unity, to humanity, to return and challenge the problems that lie before us.”
In his final scientific paper Hawking sheds light on black holes and the information paradox; the new work also calculates the entropy of black holes.
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