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The Hawking Delusion

Hawking is extremely smart, but so are others, and he is a long way from being Einstein’s successor

By Philip Ball  

Stephen Hawking will deliver the Reith Lecture in November

It’s a harsh reality of journalistic life that you will sometimes have to write up “news” that is neither new nor significant, simply because your editor knows that everyone else will do so. That is the generous interpretation of the blanket media coverage of Stephen Hawking’s pronouncement that God is no longer needed to create the universe.

Hawking has form in this arena, having previously been accorded oracular status when he uttered some comment about a Theory of Everything permitting us to “know the…

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