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The Grand Design Audiobook

The Grand Design

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THE FIRST MAJOR WORK IN NEARLY A DECADE BY ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREAT THINKERS—A MARVELOUSLY CONCISE BOOK WITH NEW ANSWERS TO THE ULTIMATE QUESTIONS OF LIFE

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.

©2010 Steven Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow (P)2010 Random House Audio

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    Eric San bernardino, CA, United States 10-28-10
    Eric San bernardino, CA, United States 10-28-10 Member Since 2003
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    "I really expected More"

    Overall the book was good, but you get all that is in this book in second year Physics, but with the numbers that back it up. I know that it was probibly written for the lay person, but really I was underwhelmed. If taht was the only problem that I had with it I would have given it a 5 star, but the poor attempt at philosophy at the beginning was like reading Depak Chopra. An attempt to reconsile relativism while maintaining an objective reality from which evidence can be derived. The philosophy at the beginning is deeply flawed or poorly explained, I favor the former. I have read much, much better.

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    David PASADENA, CA, United States 10-23-10
    David PASADENA, CA, United States 10-23-10 Member Since 2010

    Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.

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    "Too simple actually"

    No new ideas were presented, just a rehash of other theories. In the end Hawking paints some broad strokes without putting down much of a base. Good, but not worth the buildup.

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    Cliente de Amazon 06-23-16
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    "Great"

    I understand this book isn't for everyone, it covers subjects that can be a little hard to grasp. It's not an anti religion book, it also talks about a lot of the history of philosophy and the evolution of mankind's train of thought about this particular subject.

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    Diego Nei de Brito Santos Salvador, BA Brasil 06-03-16
    Diego Nei de Brito Santos Salvador, BA Brasil 06-03-16 Member Since 2016

    Audible on My BlackBerry Z30. Life doesn't get much better than this.I usually go for Sci-Fi and business oriented books.

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    "No need to invoke God to create the Universe"

    The book explains a LOT of some really complicated current scientific concepts in a manner that pretty much anyone can follow up. If you are getting your feet wet in Modern Cosmology, give it a go. If you are religious, give it a go to, it will help you understand what the scientific approach is all about and how the "no God needed" conclusion has come to be. a must read

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    Osnat 04-27-16
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    "Wonderful"

    It's probably the first time I don't notice when a book ends. It was so interesting that it came as a surprise.
    Thank you.

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    Larry 04-01-16
    Larry 04-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Science geek worthy"

    Very clear very easy on the ears and worthy of any science nut out there

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    Samuel 02-06-16
    Samuel 02-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book. Stephen Hawking at his finest."

    The writing is captivating and the narration is euphonious and easy to follow. Everyone should read this book.

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    William R. Smith Evansville, IN 05-01-15
    William R. Smith Evansville, IN 05-01-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Fascinating story !"

    The book was a great read well explained and written
    The reader did a great performance nice voice enjoyed every word

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    alexis 04-28-15
    alexis 04-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome learning!"

    This right here is time we'll spent! The essential everyone should know. God is dead.

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    qi 04-20-15
    qi 04-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent book and excellent narrator"

    Quite Worth the buy. And enjoyed the narration very much. It is an excellent book and also it is an excellent narrator

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