Professor Stephen Met Pope Francis And Discussed The Origin Of The Universe

By Monica U Santos , Nov 30, 2016 12:10 PM EST

Pope Francis told a group of scientists Monday that their role in finding creative solutions to the world’s problems is more urgent than ever, and praised increasing collaboration between scientific and religious communities. Professor Stephen Hawking has met with Pope Francis to discuss the origin of the universe. Hawking has been a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Science – the scientific academy of the Vatican. So, maybe, there is sometimes in the past that the two met each other already. I am concluding that this is not the first time of their meet-up.

Meet Professor Stephen

Stephen William Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His age is 74 years. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.

Professor Stephen Met Pope Francis And Discussed The Origin Of The Universe

According to Catholic News Agency, Pope Francis talked to a group of scientists on Monday. “It falls to scientists, who work free of political, economic or ideological interests, to develop a cultural model which can face the crisis of climatic change and its social consequences, so that the vast potential of productivity will not be reserved only for the few,” the Pope said Nov. 28. Francis stressed that with the cooperation of scientists, the creation of “a normative system” that includes “inviolable limits and ensures the protection of ecosystems” is now necessary.

The eminent physicist Stephen Hawking was among those present at an audience with Pope Francis for the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, as reported by Vatican Radio. The Academy is meeting in Rome for its plenary session, on “Science and Sustainability: Impacts of Scientific Knowledge and Technology on Human Society and its Environment.” Hawking explained how he believes everything started and what remains from that start. As per Rome Reports, here is the quoted talk of Hawking.

With James Hartle from the University of California, I worked out what physical conditions the early universe must have, if space time had no boundaries in the past. Our model became known as the No-Boundary Proposal. It says that when we go back toward the beginning of our universe, space and time become fuzzy and cap off, somewhat like the south pole and the surface of the Earth. Asking about came before the Big Bang is meaningless according to the No-Boundary proposal, because there is no notion of time available to refer to. It would be like asking what lies south of the South Pole.

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