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Professor Stephen Hawking says no God created Universe

3 September 2010 Last updated at 00:27 BST

There is no place for God in theories on the creation of the Universe, the physicist and mathematician Professor Stephen Hawking has said.

He had previously argued that belief in a creator was not incompatible with science - but in a new book The Grand Design, he concludes that the Big Bang was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics.

David Shukman reports.