The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow, ISBN 9780593058305
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by: Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher:Random House Group
ISBN: 9780593058305
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Pages: 352
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When And How Did The Universe Begin? Why Are We Here? What Is The Nature Of Reality? Is
The Apparent Grand Design Of Our Universe Evidence For A Benevolent Creator Who Set
Things In Motion? Or Does Science Offer Another Explanation? In The Grand Design, The
Most Recent Scientific Thinking About The Mysteries Of The Universe Is Presented, In
Language Marked By Both Brilliance And Simplicity.
The Grand Design Explains The Latest Thoughts About Model-Dependent Realism (The Idea
That There Is No One Version Of Reality), And About The Multiverse Concept Of Reality In
Which There Are Many Universes. There Are New Ideas About The Top-Down Theory Of
Cosmology (The Idea That There Is No One History Of The Universe, But That Every Possible
History Exists). It Concludes With A Riveting Assessment Of M-Theory, And Discusses
Whether It Is The Unified Theory Einstein Spent A Lifetime Searching For.
This Is The First Major Work In Nearly A Decade By One Of The World S Greatest Thinkers. A
Succinct, Startling And Lavishly Illustrated Guide To Discoveries That Are Altering Our
Understanding And Threatening Some Of Our Most Cherished Belief Systems, The Grand
Design Is A Book That Will Inform-And Provoke-Like No Other.

Media Reviews of The Grand Design
Many Kinds of Universes, and None Require God by DWIGHT GARNER

Stephen Hawking, the most revered scientist since Einstein, is a formidable mathematician and a formidable salesman. “I want my books sold on airport bookstalls,” he has impishly declared, and he’s learned how to put them there.

Mr. Hawking’s “Brief History of Time,” published in 1988, sold some nine million copies. (A typical science best seller will move a tiny fraction of that number.)

Mr. Hawking’s new book, “The Grand Design,” published on Tuesday, has already made headlines and been a trending topic on Twitter, thanks to a different sort of Godmongering. This time Mr. Hawking has, we’re told, declared God pretty much dead.
The real news about “The Grand Design,” however, isn’t Mr. Hawking’s supposed jettisoning of God, information that will surprise no one who has followed his work closely. The real news about “The Grand Design” is how disappointingly tinny and inelegant it is. The spare and earnest voice that Mr. Hawking employed with such appeal in “A Brief History of Time” has been replaced here by one that is alternately condescending, as if he were Mr. Rogers explaining rain clouds to toddlers, and impenetrable.
“The Grand Design” is packed with grating yuks. “If you think it is hard to get humans to follow traffic laws,” we read, “imagine convincing an asteroid to move along an ellipse.” (Oh, my.) This is the sort of book that introduces the legendary physicist Richard Feynman as “a colorful character who worked at the California Institute of Technology and played the bongo drums at a strip joint down the road.” Mr. Hawking has written “The Grand Design” with Leonard Mlodinow, a fellow physicist who has also worked on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” They’re an awkward pair, part “A Beautiful Mind,” part borscht belt. This book is provocative pop science, an exploration of the latest thinking about the origins of our universe. But the air inside this literary biosphere is not especially pleasant to breathe.

At its core “The Grand Design” is an examination of a relatively new candidate for the “ultimate theory of everything,” something called M-theory, itself an extension of string theory, which tries to reconcile general relativity and quantum mechanics. “M-theory is not a theory in the usual sense,” the authors write. “It is a whole family of different theories.” According to M-theory, “ours is not the only universe,” the authors say. “Instead M-theory predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing.” The image that comes to mind here, others have written about M-theory, is of a God blowing soap bubbles.
The arguments in “The Grand Design” — especially those about why God isn’t necessary to imagine the beginning of the universe — put me in mind of something Mr. Ferris said in his excellent book “The Whole Shebang” (1997).

“Religious systems are inherently conservative, science inherently progressive,” Mr. Ferris wrote. Religion and science don’t have to be hostile to each other, but we can stop setting them up on blind dates. “This may be an instance,” Mr. Ferris added, “where good walls make good neighbors.”

A review found in The New York Times.

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