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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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    "Philosophy not Science"

    Like many of the other reviewers have said, they spent way too much time trying to disprove God. I would have like to have seen more time explaining the science rather than trying disprove God. Hawkins is a great a scientist and teacher. He is one of the reasons I develop an interest in cosmology, but he is not so good as a philosopher. By the way, the book Handbook to Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreft disproves his arguments one by one.

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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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    "Meh"

    This book was simply, meh. It contains some science, but lots of conjecture. Save your money.

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    Vishu 05-04-17
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    "The Grand Design"

    Hawking in his serious yet incredibly witty way describes a design that neither has a personal designer nor has the need for one. The reader gets an overall perception of how the universe - or the multiverse - came into being and how science attempts to unravel the mystery through progressively building theories starting from Newton through a PhD student named Conway. As clear as a scientist of his caliber could make it without the aid of mathematics.

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    Anthony 12-09-16
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    Very good but also a bit confusing at times. I'll be listening to it again to get more from it

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    rodney61871 11-13-16
    rodney61871 11-13-16
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    "Very Grand!"

    I like the way Stephen describes mathematics and physics in a layman's level. Very nice!

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    starman4 Albert100 10-17-16
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    "Well done!"

    I do find the argument stimulating, though the more data we have the better there are theoretically challenging expanded arguments to support a cosmic view of everything.

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    John 10-02-16
    John 10-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Comforting and Confirming"

    There's no one more potently provacative than Hawking, asking many questions about our reality, if there is even such a thing. Good listen with eye opening framework for much more simplified theories to come, surely.

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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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    Osnat 04-27-16
    Osnat 04-27-16 Member Since 2012
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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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