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By Coles P.

Hawking and the brain of God examines the pseudo-religious connotations of a few of the foremost subject matters in Hawking's paintings, and the way those shed mild not just at the Hawking cult itself, but additionally at the wider factor of the way scientists signify themselves within the media.

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The difference between theory and model is subtle, but a useful definition is that a theory is usually expected to be completely self-contained (it can have no adjustable parameters, and all mathematical quantities are defined a priori), whereas a model is not complete in the same way. According to the Big Bang model, the universe originated from an initial state of high temperature and density, and has been expanding ever since. The dynamics of the Big Bang are described mathematically by the equations of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

It was for this reason that Hawking abandoned his time-reversal idea. Another arrow-of-time problem emerges from quantum mechanics, which is again timesymmetric, but in which weird phenomena occur, such as the collapse of the wave-function when an experiment is performed. Wave-functions appear to do this only in one direction of time and not the other – but, as I have hinted above, this may well just be a conceptual difficulty arising from the interpretation of quantum mechanics itself. The No-Boundary Hypothesis Space and time are very different concepts to us, living as we do in a low-energy world far removed from the Big Bang.

In classical relativity theory, space-time is a four-dimensional construction wherein the 53 H AW K I N G A N D T H E M I N D O F G O D three dimensions of space and one dimension of time are welded together. But space and time are still not entirely equivalent. One idea associated with quantum cosmology, developed by Hawking together with Jim Hartle, is that the distinctive signature of time may be erased when the gravitational field is very strong. The idea is based on an ingenious use of the properties of imaginary numbers.

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