Stephen Hawking, possibly the most respected cosmologist today, and an incredibly visible story of overcoming adversity, to a recent sold-out crowd at University of California at Berkeley, stated that he now believes that the universe began from nothing, growing as other pseudo universes did like bubbles in a boiling pot:
A few “bubbles,” Hawking said, will grow to a certain size until they are safe from collapse, and will begin to develop galaxies, stars and eventually human life.
He also tried, I would say successfully, his hand at comedy:
“If one believed that the universe had a beginning, the obvious question was, what happened before the beginning,” Hawking said. “What was God doing before He made the world? Was He preparing hell for people who asked such questions?”
Look out Comedy Central, I’d pay to see this guy perform, though he probably should work on his body language…
Note: all quotes from The Daily Californian article on this event.