Stephen Hawking is pretty much the world's go-to genius, so whenever he says things like "we're probably not going to get along with aliens," everyone pays attention. Now, in his upcoming book, according to an excerpt of the introduction released by the London Times (which isn't getting any traffic from this because of their pay wall), Hawking declares that the Big Bang can be explained without God.
"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing," Hawking and his co-author, Caltech physicist Leonard Mlodinow, write in "The Grand Design," which is due to be issued next week. "Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper [British way of saying light the fuse] and set the universe going."
We don't understand what he's talking about yet, but he's not going to give the whole theory away in the intro — that's why you buy the book. Okay, we won't understand the book, either.