I and millions of readers without a scientific education were delighted when Stephen Hawking published A Brief History of Time. Its purpose was to give us an insight into how science, cosmologist especially, tackle the “questions that are of interest to us all,”where did the universe come from? How and why did it begin? Will it come to an end, and if so, how? The insight he imparted opened questions about Hawking’s own methods and conclusions: were they shared by most cosmologists? Did they adequately answer the questions the book was written to address? In both cases, no. In A Brief History, Hawking presents to the general public his own no boundary theory which most cosmologist do not espouse. And of the things which Hawking does share with other cosmologist, neither he nor they can answer the questions he poses. Black Holes in A Brief History demonstrates that in fact his no boundary theory is but another failed attempt to do so. In this case sciences failure rings a note of hope rather than of dispair. The most prominant cosmologists see the universe as pointless and we, as Hawking maintains, as insignificant creatures who accidentally inhabit it. On the brighter side, sciences successes in medicine, energy, comunication, biology, water purification, transportation and on and on sound a peal of hope that makes of current cosmology little more than entertainment. Long before formal science existed, religions struggled with the same questions of where the universe came from and how and why, and if it will end and, if so, how, and shared with science the same failure rate. In addition, religion was dogged by another, more important question: can a good, all powerful god design an evil world? These are the questions Black Holes in A Brief History deals with, also dogged by another: Is there any hope to be found in such a morass of failure
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About the Author
I was born in Holliday, Texas in 1938, the second youngest of eight children. We lived in Texas about a month then moved to Oklahoma. We were an itinerant oilfield family. In 1941 we moved to California which I have since made my home. I took up my father's occupation for most of my working life. My wife, Reta, and I were married in 1968. We have two daughters, one son and five grandchildren. I retired in 1995 and began research and writing on cosmology and evolution as they apply to the debate about an intelligently designed universe and one of random chance. I suffered a few rejections for work I had submitted for paper publication and quickly decided not to suffer more. That is where things were left until I discovered eBook publishing and Smashwords and decided to give it a try.