The Grand Design

The Grand Design

Audiobook CD - 2010
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#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.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2010.
Edition: Library edition
ISBN: 9781415965726
1415965722
Branch Call Number: AUDIOBK CD 530.142 HAWKING
Characteristics: 4 audio discs (approximately 69 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: West, Steve (Actor)
Mlodinow, Leonard 1954-

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1aa
Jul 15, 2017

Its short and clearly written and very well read by the audiobook reader, but its concise and requires more attention than most non-fiction audiobooks to follow (because its short one can just re-listen to it if one wants to without much cost). Its sprinkled with bits of humour, the second half more than the first. Its enjoyable and thought and wonder-provoking (and encourages further reading into the field).

cyber14853ns Jan 27, 2014

The content is probably great; I haven't gone through more than 1/4 of it. The AUDIO is a gross FAILURE! Many a voice-actor has no feel, not to mention passion, of the subject matter. The pace is even too fast for a verbal reading of a (straight forward) novel. There is always this rush to the next sentence in one breath. I doesn't sound natural! I'm sure Mr. Mlodinow or any Cambridge graduate physics student with a neutral accent could have done better. How do you read to grown children? How do people lecture?
How do people tell stories on NPR? Publishers should listen to the Feynman Lectures from the 60's or any of the Teaching Company courses and then enforce a certain standard.

johnf108 May 22, 2013

Co-author Mlodinow, is an ETHS grad. He also wrote "Feynman's Rainbow" about his involvement with Feynman during is final year of life.

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dpatel
Jul 07, 2012

Tremendous, I now understand why they call Stephen Hawkins a super genius

muñeca Aug 01, 2011

I found this book to be rather unsatisfying. Hawking makes the bold statement at the beginning that “philosophy is dead”. I just can’t agree with that, especially when the author spends much of the book philosophizing. He is trying to say that the answer to all and everything is an emerging theory, M-Theory. But he doesn’t sufficiently back up much of what he claims which actual scientific data. It’s also quite difficult to follow in some parts. Granted I did listen to this on audiobook rather then read it, so I was probably missing out on some diagrams and so forth, but I still found the writing a bit stifling and not at all as readable as his previous and resounding success, A Brief History of Time.

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