The Grand Design

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The Grand Design

By Stephen Hawking; Leonard Mlodinow

Bantam, Paperback, 9780553384666, 199pp.

Publication Date: February 21, 2012

Description

#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
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.



About the Author
Stephen Hawking, a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, is the preeminent theoretical physicist in the world. His book "A Brief History of Time" was a phenomenal worldwide bestseller. He has twelve honorary degrees and was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire and was made a Companion of Honour. He has three children and one grandchild. Visit him at Hawking.org.uk.

Leonard Mlodinow est physicien au California Institute of Technology. Membre de la Societe americaine de physique. Il a soutenu de nombreux travaux a l'universite de Berkeley. Il a ete l'un des artisans du developpement des cederoms pour enfants chez Disney et a participe pendant plusieurs annees a l'ecriture de scenarios de series televisees telles que Star Trek: The Next Generation et Mac Gyver. Il a egalement co-ecrit avec Stephen Hawkins: Y'a-t-il un grand architecte dans l'Univers ? (Odile Jacob, 2011) et Une belle histoire du temps (Flammarion, 2005)


Praise For The Grand Design

“In this short and sprightly book . . . 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
 
“The authors bring to the field an anecdotal clarity that is something of a first for this genre. . . . Making science like this interesting is not all that hard; making it accessible is the real trick.”—Time
 
“Provocative pop science, an exploration of the latest thinking about the origins of our universe.”—The New York Times
 
“Introduces the reader to topics at the frontier of theoretical physics . . . more clearly for general readers than I have seen before.”—Steven Weinberg, The New York Review of Books
 
“Groundbreaking.”—The Washington Post
 
“A provocative, mind-expanding book.”—The Plain Dealer