conservativejock saidI am somewhat surprised that Hawking had not stated this much earlier. I think many physicist have realized for a long time that quantum theory had to be melded with Newtonian physics to fully explain the event horizon as it was postulated. I on the other hand have never believed that quantum theory and Newtonian physics could or would be fully explained in a single theory.
The "Theory of Everything" eluded Einstein, the single equation that would explain the entire Universe. Nor has anyone else discovered it.
Now we're into "string theory" and all kinds of multi-dimensional mind benders. It's possible to convolute anything if you try hard enough. Prior to Einstein there was the "Ether" theory, which I sometimes wonder wasn't so erroneous after all.
The guiding principle that I have used to pursue the mystery, a philosophical one if you wish, is: What MUST have happened, what MUST be?
I contend that the Universe isn't an accident, nor a Divine creation (which still begs the question: how was God created?). The Universe is here because it MUST be here. Now why?
I don't care about strings, or quarks, or black matter. I'd rather know why ANY of it exists. Along with me, too, of course. I realize many physicists take the view that understanding the building blocks will reveal the Maker or some other source, but I'm not so sure.
But anyway, as I wrote above, I'm not good at theorizing. I'm better at the tangibles in the real world, where I actually live. Or where I imagine myself to live, if I really live at all.