While the overall book was good, it's lacking in having a consistent target audience. It will explain some simple concepts in detail (that anyone reading the book ought to already know), then skip over more complex (physics-related) topics, that many readers might not understand. So while it has some good material, it spends too much time on details of simple concepts, and not enough on new theory on the harder stuff. It just wasn't consistent in the level of detail presented, which seriously detracted from the overall impression of the book.
The best minds make it easy to understand the complex. The Grand Design is a brilliant work of concept, to believe or not to believe that is the question. We can only imagine the possibilities.
I'm an engineer/scientist with too little time, I therefore rely heavily on other's reviews - I hope to pay you back with my own thoughts ;)
I couldn't help but get the feeling that these fine men are giving up - giving up on the driving force behind most physicists, including myself: the elegant solution. I have a love-hate relationship with Mr Hawking - he taught me so much when I was first reading physics, but now he is telling us there is no grand design - it is all a mish-mash patchwork - it seems almost he wants to wrap up his current best guess before giving up the ghost. You guys are icons! Don't do it! I have to believe it's all just a great big blind alley or else go and study other urgent science (climate stability anyone?).
The book gives a lot to think about, how we all conduct our everyday life. The book also is
showing us how everything is evolving and changing in the universe. In doing so theories are also changing to the new information. As to in our own lives. What I got out of it was God is what one believes it to be.
It's unfortunate that books this technical are allowed to be made into audio books. I have tried and tried to listen and understand this book but the in-depth study of astro/nuclear physics isn't made for audiobooks; that is, unless you are an astro/nuclear physicist. References are also made of illustrations that obviously can't be seen in this format.
As an overview of the book in general? It sounds like an painful stretch to explain the inexplicable.
"You cannot go on seeing through things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. . . . If you see through everything, then everything is transparent. But a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To see through all things is the same as not to see.”
—C. S. Lewis
Loved "A Brief History of Time" but hated this. Maybe it's the addition of the co-author, but I found this too be condescending and arrogant. Where previously Hawking would give theories on what could be known and left to us what could not be (i.e. what happened before the big bang). Here he overreaches and denies our own individuality based on quantum physics and bluntly says if you disagree you are a superstitious relic. I tried, I really did, for 2 or 3 hours, but eventually had to give in.
I'm glad the book was written and I'd imagine there are some that will get quite a bit out of it. But, I thought this book was a bit too complicated for what I was interested in listening to. Mind you, I'm an engineer and a techie and generally interested in anything science related and I'm still saying this. I did find bits and pieces interesting but if I could do it over again I think I'd pass on this one. The other thing is that if you are really interested in this book, maybe reading the written format would allow you to digest things better. For example, being able to reference the glossary in the back would have been nice.
author of the historic novel 'Fort Ross'
Unfortunately, I have to give to that audiobook only a two stars because of the narration... It is not only bad, it's awful. It's almost seems like the narrator doesn't understand a word, of what he is saying! So, the material, which is pretty much interesting and exiting itself, becomes monotonous and boring! You have to fight the fatigue through to the end... Once you've done it, you will appreciate your straggling, because, as I said before, the book itself is really GREAT.
I would love to give a better review, but, to do that, I'd had have to understand it!
Too complicated, I had to listen and read to understand some chapters...