The Grand Design

The Grand Design

Book - 2010
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Along with Caltech physicist Mlodinow (The Drunkard's Walk), University of Cambridge cosmologist Hawking (A Brief History of Time) deftly mixes cutting-edge physics to answer three key questions-- Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why this particular set of laws and not some other?-- and explains that scientists are approaching what is called "M-theory," a collection of overlapping theories (including string theory) that fill in many (but not all) the blank spots in quantum physics. This collection is known as the "Grand Unified Field Theories."
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553805376
0553805371
Characteristics: 198 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mlodinow, Leonard 1954-

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mousa75
Jun 20, 2016

Hawking has written this book for people to understand easily. However, he explains the theories very well. yet, he hasn't explained that there is no god makes the universal. I still believe the universal has been made by god.

johnf108 Aug 10, 2014

Mlodinow is an ETHS grad.

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jeremidoucet
Jun 28, 2014

Very well written and fascinating. Hawking explains subjects such as quantum physics and general relativity in a very intelligible manner which makes for a pleasant read.

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stkim0
Nov 12, 2013

Quite an amazing book if you're interested in this type of subject. Latter parts of the book can be difficult to follow, but I had a hard time putting the book down.

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isaacasimov
Sep 06, 2012

Not quite there yet, but getting closer. Nice attempt Stephen.

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isumat
Jun 04, 2012

I have ALWAYS enjoyed Stephen Hawkings writings and work, and this book is very well worth reading. A thorough explanation of the current state of cosmology. What we are left with is theories that, though mathematically plausible, will never be observable (for example, a multiverse). Hawking fiercely pursues the very pure, scientific notion that 'there are no miracles,' and we no longer 'have any need for God.' But the fantastic machine that is, ultimately, our universe (even as described by Hawking) is nothing short of miraculous. Hmmm. It turns out, even as you peer to the very edges of the cosmos, or imagine the tiniest particle, you still have to have faith.... of one kind or another.

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danielestes
Mar 16, 2012

The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow mostly succeeds at being accessible to the average reader given the academic subject matter. Still, it was hard to wrap my mind around some of the concepts. The examples were clear, but like physics itself, understanding them often required thinking in multiple dimensions.

This book, as others like it, is a welcomed continual plea to bring scientific thinking to the greater public. The world surprisingly still leans heavily on superstition in trying to make sense of this mysterious space called the universe.

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sherry411
Oct 08, 2011

Well written and easy for us non-genius's to understand. And stink'in funny too! Great book.

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21288004246712
Apr 10, 2011

Readable, but unless you understand quantum theory the second half of this book is incomprehensible.

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lilwordworm
Mar 03, 2011

Blew my mind. Yes, it is about quantum physics but there is not a single math equation. Well written, and even more importantly, simply written. It openly admits how little we (and by we I mean the brightest, most educated and talented scientists) know about this universe. Guided by science, it opens your mind to the infinite possibilities that is our cosmos. My inner scientist and hippie need not conflict!

The only thing that prevented this book from being a 5 out of 5 is its last chapter, which clumsily tried to maintain that there is no special "being" that created this world. But if ANYthing is possible, then it begs the question why NOT the divine?

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