Everything Coming Out of Nothing vs. A Finite, Open and Contingent Universe

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Stephen Hawking, present occupant of the Lucasian Chair at Cambridge University, is today one of the best known theoretical cosmologists in the world. His important contributions, in collaboration ...
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Introduction

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Manuel M. Carreira S.J. and Julio A. Gonzalo

Abstract

A brief summary of recent developments in theoretical cosmology is given. The impact of Professor Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” is put into perspective. Lectures on the subject by Professor Jaki, at a Symposium in Madrid (1990), a Summer Course at El Escorial (1993) and at the UAM, Madrid (2002) are introduced.

Keywords:

Astrophysical Cosmology, Stephen Hawking, Vatican Study Weeks, Summer Courses at El Escorial, Ralph Alpher, John C. Mather, George F. Smoot, Stanley L. Jaki.

Affiliation:

Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid