Does God exist? Can the human species survive on Earth? Will we be overwhelmed by artificial intelligence? In a posthumous book, “Short Answers to Big Questions”, to be published Wednesday, the British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking shares his final thoughts.
“He was often asked a lot of questions,” said his daughter Lucy Hawking, during the presentation of the book at the London Science Museum Monday. The book is an attempt to “bring together the clearest, most authentic, most accomplished answers he could bring,” she added.
British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, a world-renowned figure, completed the book when he died on March 14 at the age of 76. It was completed after his death by members of his family and his university colleagues, from elements taken from his personal archives.
The book will be released simultaneously in several countries including France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. The scientist delivers a last message, shares his concerns and hopes.
Can we predict the future?
Why do you have to ask the big questions? Does God exist? How did the Universe start? Is there any intelligent life elsewhere? Can we predict the future? What is inside a black hole? Can we travel in time? Can the human species survive on Earth? Should we colonize space? Will we be overwhelmed by artificial intelligence? What does the future hold?
Each of these questions is the subject of a chapter.
“Try to make sense of what you see and ask yourself about the existence of the Universe. Be curious in all circumstances, there is always something to do and succeed, never give up, “writes the scientist.
The death of Stephen Hawking had aroused a rain of homage rarely equaled for a scientist. Confined in a wheelchair after developing Charcot’s disease at a young age, this brilliant spirit, a professor at the University of Cambridge, had devoted his life to the study of the universe to become a leading scientific figure in the world. United Kingdom.
Renowned for his discoveries on black holes, Stephen Hawking became a public figure after the publication, in 1988, of “A Brief History of Time”, a scientific popularization book that has become an international best-seller sold over 10 millions of copies and translated into 35 languages.
Barry Collins from Columbia University in 2005. Barry grew up in the Uk but moved to The US after school. Barry has written for several major publications including Buzz Feed and the Huffington Post. Barry is a community reporter and also covers world events.