The Grand Design

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Bantam Books, 2012 - Science - 208 pages
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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 of a benevolent creator who set things in motion—or does science offer another explanation? In this startling and lavishly illustrated book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about these and other abiding mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by brilliance and simplicity.

According to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence or history. The authors explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the early universe, and show how quantum theory predicts the “multiverse”—the idea that ours is just one of many universes that appeared spontaneously out of nothing, each with different laws of nature. They conclude with a riveting assessment of M-theory, an explanation of the laws governing our universe that is currently the only viable candidate for a “theory of everything”: the unified theory that Einstein was looking for, which, if confirmed, would represent the ultimate triumph of human reason.

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Stephen has a unique style of writing.. - Flipkart
Awesome magazine quality pages with coloured pictures. - Flipkart
I've been inspired by his writing. - Flipkart
Sums up all the research done in the field of Physics. - Flipkart

Review: The Grand Design

User Review  - Bob Finch - Goodreads

The first half of the book was reasonably well presented, albeit very brief (most non-specialists would benefit from a lot more more background), but the remainder left me wanting. This is not a book ... Read full review

Not that great a book

User Review  - Puneet Gautam - Flipkart

I have read two books written by Stephen Hawking ("A brief history of time" and "Black holes and Baby Universes"). It was always clear that Hawking is a realist who doesnt have much belief in God's ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including, most recently, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His books for the general reader include the classic A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe in a Nutshell, and A Briefer History of Time. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Leonard Mlodinow received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and teaches at Caltech. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules our LivesSubliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your BehaviorWar of the Worldviews: Science versus Spirituality (with Deepak Chopra), Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life, and Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace. He also wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He lives in South Pasadena, California.

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