Tales of the Big Bang - 6'46"
The story is adapted from Stephen W. Hawking's book A Brief History of Time.
'The catholic church made a big mistake with Galileo when it tried to lay down the law, on a question of science, declaring that the sun went round the earth. Now, centuries later, it decided to invite a number of experts, including Stephen W Hawking, to advise it on cosmology. At the end of the conference the participants were granted an audience with the Pope. The pope said that it was all right to study the evolution of the universe after the big bang but not to enquire into the big bang itself, because that was the moment of creation, and therefore, the work of God.
Stephen W Hawking was glad that the pope did not know the subject of the talk he had just given at the conference, the possibility that space time was finite but had no boundaries, which means it had no beginning, no moment of creation.
He had no desire to share the fate of Galileo, with whom he felt a strong sense of identity,
partly because of the coincidence of having been born exactly 300 years after his death!'
Science is not the new religion. It is not like religion at all - it is a body of evidence and knowledge that is open to modification, and is elusive when it comes to proof. Religion, on the other hand, is based on Faith. Arthur C. Clarke defines faith as 'believing in something that you know is not true'.
Stephen W. Hawking is confined to a wheelchair by a motor-neuron disease, and he uses a voice synthesiser to communicate. It has an American accent.
The music was produced at my home studio in Dee Why, Sydney, Australia.
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