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09/03/2010 11:56 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hawking's Controversial Comments Skyrocket Sales

A storm of publicity regarding The Grand Design (Bantam Press) ensued after Hawking's assertion that God did not create the Universe made the front of the Times yesterday. An extract from the book was published in the newspaper in which Hawking said the Big Bang was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics and that it was not necessary to invoke God to "set the Universe going".

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