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Hawking and the End of Physics

Is physics ending? Serious people say so, not always seriously. Are they right and should we care? In 1996 American science writer John Horgan wrote a book, The End of Science. His thesis was that all the big stuff has been done already, that what he calls ‘the primordial human quest to understand the universe […]

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The Problem of the Initial Condition

An initial condition is the way something begins. In cosmology “initial condition” is a fancy name for how the universe began. Hawking says: “Most scientists … separate the problem into two parts. First, there are the laws that tell us how the universe changes with time. … Second, there is the question of the initial […]