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3.00013189132155 out of 53.00013189132155 out of 53.00013189132155 out of 53.00013189132155 out of 53.00013189132155 out of 5 3.00 (15,164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow Narrator: Steve West Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the nature of reality? Why are the laws of nature so finely tuned as to allow for the existence of beings like ourselves? And, finally, is the apparent “grand design” of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion—or does science offer another explanation?

The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

In The Grand Design they explain that according to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence or history, but rather that every possible history of the universe exists simultaneously. When applied to the universe as a whole, this idea calls into question the very notion of cause and effect. But the “top-down” approach to cosmology that Hawking and Mlodinow describe would say that the fact that the past takes no definite form means that we create history by observing it, rather than that history creates us. The authors further explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very 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.

Along the way Hawking and Mlodinow question the conventional concept of reality, posing a “model-dependent” theory of reality as the best we can hope to find. And they conclude with a riveting assessment of M-theory, an explanation of the laws governing us and our universe that is currently the only viable candidate for a complete “theory of everything.” If confirmed, they write, it will be the unified theory that Einstein was looking for, and the ultimate triumph of human reason.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The authors bring together an anecdotal clarity that is something of a first for the genre. . . . Making science like this interesting is not all that hard; making it accessible is the real trick, one that The Grand Design pulls off. Time
  • In this short and sprightly book, Messrs. Hawking and Mlodinow take the reader through a whirlwind tour of fundamental physics and cosmology. The Wall Street Journal
  • Fascinating . . . a wealth of ideas [that] leave us with a clearer understanding of modern physics in all its invigorating complexity. Los Angeles Times
  • Groundbreaking. The Washington Post
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • Amazon Top 10 Book
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeanne | 2/13/2014

    " Not a lot new in this one. I come away from this book with the question: Will our theories continue to improve? It also reminds me that all we have are theories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mandana | 2/8/2014

    " Hawking ve Mlodinow, olabildigince basitlestirilmis bir dille evren, kuantum teorisi, gorelilik kuramlari ve benzeri konulari, bilimsel gercekler ve inanclari cok da karsi karsiya getirmeden, tabiri caiz ise kibarca anlatiyorlar. Kitabin hosuma gitmeyen tek yani, okuyucunun ilgisini canli tutmak amaciyla sayfalar arasina serpistirilmis tatsiz karikaturler. Kitap biraz okuyucuyu gucendirmek, yabancilastirmak ve sikmak endiselerini tasiyor olsa da, kolay okunan ve benzer kitaplara kiyasla kolay anlasilan bir usluba sahip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bryce Holt | 2/1/2014

    " Man, I can't believe I'm sitting here and saying to myself, "I expected more out of Stephen Hawking." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by hoAAah | 1/29/2014

    " saya pikir buku ini tidak seperti gaya tulisan hawking yang biasa saya baca, dimana opini2 yg diberikan dalam buku ini kurang frontal dan setengah2... tidak ada ilmu yang benar2 utuh memilih seperti tulisan hawking sebelumnya... "

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