The Grand Design

| March 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

So today let’s check out the newest best-sellers by Stephen Hawking. As I’m sure you all know Hawking is one of the best known living science celebrities. There is a variety of opinions about scientific achievements of Stephen Hawking and whether he’s on par with the best physicists of the 20th century, however one thing is certain – he knows how to explain science. And that’s what he does in his popular science books. So let’s check out his book called “The Grand Design” in which Hawking discusses how the beginning of the universe might be explained by using the laws of Physics.

 

Basic Info

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (9 Sep 2010)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0593058291
  • Average Amazon Customer Review:  (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

 
 
About the Authors

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist who worked for 30 years as a Lucasian professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge. His research focused mostly on theoretical cosmology, especially black holes. Besides that Stephen Hawking has become widely known for his popular science books like “A Brief History of Time”, “Universe in a Nutshell” and others.

Leonard Mlodinov is a physicist and an author. He works in Caltech and Max Planck Institute for physics. His research focuses on various problems in Quantum Mechanics. Besides that he also wrote screenplays for Beyond the Horizon and Star Trek the Next Generation.

 

Short Review of the Book

 The Grand Design is the newest book of Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinov which focuses on explaining the origins of the universe. In this new book Hawking expresses his position that laws of the universe alone are enough to explain the Big Bang, that is, God as a creation of the universe is not necessary. This as you might guess has caused a little controversy, especially among the religious readers.

 The aim of this book is to show how laws of General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics can lead to the spontaneous creation of the universe from nothing. The authors start by describing the evolution of human thought and science and how this lead to the current understanding of the universe. Starting with ancient Greek scholars and revolutionary works on Nicolaus Copernicus , ending with modern M-theory – authors show how centuries of scientific knowledge help us tackle the greatest mysteries of the universe.

Links:

1) Stephen Hawking’s website

2) More books by Stephen Hawking

3) The Grand Design on Amazon:

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