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The Grand Design
by Stephen W. Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow


Overview - In this major new work, Hawking looks to the laws of nature and physics for the answers to the ultimate questions. Here in one brilliantly succinct volume is the accumulative wisdom of a lifetime of thinking about the questions that were one addressed by philosophy, but are now the province of science.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In this major new work, Hawking looks to the laws of nature and physics for the answers to the ultimate questions. Here in one brilliantly succinct volume is the accumulative wisdom of a lifetime of thinking about the questions that were one addressed by philosophy, but are now the province of science.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780553805376
  • ISBN-10: 0553805371
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • Publish Date: September 2010
  • Page Count: 208


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Books > Science > Cosmology
Books > Science > Physics - Astrophysics

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-07-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

The three central questions of philosophy and science: Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why this particular set of laws and not some other? No one can make a discussion of such matters as compulsively readable as the celebrated University of Cambridge cosmologist Hawking (A Brief History of Time). Along with Caltech physicist Mlodinow (The Drunkard's Walk), Hawking deftly mixes cutting-edge physics to answer those key questions. For instance, why do we exist? Earth occupies a "Goldilocks Zone" in space: just the perfect distance from a not-too-hot star, with just the right elements to allow life to evolve. On a larger scale, in order to explain the universe, the authors write, "we need to know not only how the universe behaves, but why." While no single theory exists yet, scientists are approaching that goal with 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." This may all finally explain the mystery of the universe's creation without recourse to a divine creator. This is an amazingly concise, clear, and intriguing overview of where we stand when it comes to divining the secrets of the universe. 41 color illus. throughout, 7 b&w cartoons. (Sept. 7)

 
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