The final book of late physicist Stephen Hawking was published on Tuesday, October 16, week and one of the most prominent explanations coming from the renowned personality is about God.
"There is no God".
"We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe", Hawking concludes the first chapter of his final book, "and for that I am extremely grateful".
While that answer is undoubtedly unsettling for people of faith, they may take some comfort knowing that Hawking doesn't think we're entirely alone in the universe.
Are there any other intelligent life in the universe? They're just not "God" in the Judeo-Christian-Muslim sense of the word.
Stephen Hawking, appreciated all around the world as one of the most brilliant scientists of our time, died in March at the age of 76. To Hawking and many like-minded scientists, the combined laws of gravity, relativity, quantum physics and a few other rules could explain everything that ever happened or ever will happen in our known universe.
"He realized that people specifically wanted his answers to these questions", Lucy told CNN.
"No one directs the universe", he writes in "Brief Answers to the Big Questions". Should humanity find a way to avoid the consequences of such an event, the demise of Earth's species "will be on our conscience as a race", Hawking wrote. "If you accept, as I do, that the laws of nature are fixed, then it doesn't take long to ask: What role is there for God?"
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"I think that reading through the book again, it's nearly like his voice has been leaping off the page as I've been reading through the chapters, and it's been very nice to connect with him again in that way", Timothy Hawking added. I have been to the furthest reaches of our galaxy, traveled into a black hole and gone back to the beginning of time.
Hawking also ruminated over time travel, writing: "Travel back in time can't be ruled out according to our present understanding, [.] within the next hundred years we will be able to travel to anywhere in the Solar System".
About the younger generation, Hawking says "with confidence that their future will depend more on science and technology than any previous generation's has done".
"He makes this comment about how we seem to have lost the ability to look outward, and we are increasingly looking inward to ourselves", she added.
According to Timothy Hawking, Hawking's son, this new book pulls together themes Hawking has touched on throughout his career in popular science - not to mention in discussions at the dinner table.
Hawking's final message on how we can shape the future is that we should "Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet".
What other questions do you wish Stephen Hawking answered in his last book?