Science and Medicine
BATTLING OVER BABY UNIVERSE
Fleet Street has dubbed it "a battle over
the birth of the
universe," and Stanford was the scene of the latest skirmish.
Andrei Linde, a Stanford physics professor, and his prominent Cambridge
University counterpart, Stephen Hawking (author of the best-seller, A
Brief History of Time), are at odds over Hawking's new theory for
the origin of the universe, co-inspired by his Cambridge colleague Neil
explained his theory on the origin of the universe
during a lecture at Stanford.
Hawking and Turok propose that the universe began as an "instanton," a
pea-sized cocktail of space, time, matter and energy that exploded and
transformed itself into an infinite universe, one that continues to grow
and expand forever.