Dismissing the possibility that God created the universe, science mogul Stephen Hawking has claimed that the universe was formed because of laws of physics and not divine intervention, telegraph.co.uk reported.
The scientist, in his latest book The Grand Design, has said that the universe can and will create itself from nothing due to gravity.
"It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going," said Hawking.
Interestingly, this is the first time Hawking is completely dismissing the possibility that God created the universe. In A Brief History of Time, Hawking did not refute the possibility.
In his new book, Hawking has rejected Sir Issac Newton's theory that God set the universe in motion.
Explaining his stand on God, Hawking said in an interview that he did not believe in a personal God. "If you like, you can call the laws of science 'God', but it wouldn't be a personal God that you could meet, and ask questions."
The book will be published on September 9.