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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Hawking on "Gödel and the End of Physics"

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Julio A. Gonzalo

Abstract

A brief summary of Professor Hawing is lecture is given at the Center of Mathematical Science, Cambridge University, July 20, 2002, entitled “Gödel and the end of physics”. An overview of the triumphs of mathematical physics from Newton to t’Hoff is followed by the final statement that it may not be possible to formulate a theory of the universe in a finite number of statements, which is reminiscent of Gödel’s theorem.

Keywords:

Newton’s “Principia Mathematica”, scientific determinism, A.H. Compton on man’s freedom, finiteness of the universe, Gödel’s theorems.

Affiliation:

Escuela Politécnica Superior, Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid