“For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me, it were a punishment by God … but I prefer to think that everything can be explained by the laws of nature.” The world’s most famous scientist, Stephen Hawking, and presents his atheistic vision of the cosmos in ‘The Grand Design’, a trilogy of documentaries produced by Discovery Channel with the same title of his latest and controversial book .
The series, which aired on Wednesday night at the Royal Society of London , offers viewers a fascinating tour of the universe through the eyes of Hawking. In the final stage of his life, the media scientist has takenthe eternal debate about the existence of God and his role in the creation of the universe, but also honors most admired colleagues and takes stock of his own contribution to astrophysics .
“The laws of nature are a description of how things really happen in the past, at present and in the future. What’s really important is that these laws, unlike those created man, can not be violated or altered, and are universal , “Hawking says in one of the documentaries. From their point of view, the fact that they can not make it breached so powerful and, seen from a religious point of view, as controversial.
Hawking reviews the most important discoveries in this field, including, of course, the recent discovery of the particle could be the long-sought Higgs boson , popularly known as ‘God particle’, which was announced last July by CERN scientists.
The series, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, the British actor who played the scientist in 2004 in a movie and the TV series starring Sherlock Holmes, is divided into three episodes . In the first, ‘The Key to the Cosmos’ (‘The key Cosmos’, to be aired on the Discovery Channel on September 16 at 22 am) the teacher asks why the universe exists and why those governed by rules and laws.
From studies of Newton’s gravity until the recent discovery of the Higgs boson, Hawking investigates how years 13,700 million years old the universe containing the answers that explain our existence .
In ‘The Meaning of Life’ (‘Meaning of Life’, issued on September 23 at 22 am), with the help of Descartes and the latest advances in quantum physics, Hawking discusses the question that mankind has for becoming centuries: Does life have any meaning? What is the purpose of our existence?
Finally, Hawking brings to television the controversy in 2010 for his book,’The Grand Design’ . In ‘Did God Create the Universe?’ (‘Did God create the universe?’, To be aired on September 23, at 23 hours) reopens the debate: Are the earliest moments of existence of the Universe a matter for science or religion? Who or what created the universe?
The teacher explains how his own view on this issue has evolved over the years with increasing our understanding of the physical universe and developed the concept of multiverse.