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    DescriptionTHE 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.


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    Title
    The Grand Design
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Hawking, By (author) Leonard Mlodinow
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 198
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780553805376
    ISBN 10: 0553805371
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PGK
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Approval Code: A10305000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI005000
    BIC subject category V2: PHVB
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16470
    BISAC V2.8: SCI015000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 530.142
    DC21: 530.142
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    LC classification: QC794.6.G7 H385 2010
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    41 4-COLOR ILLUSTS. THRU/OUT & 7 B&W CARTOONS
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    07 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including, most recently, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His books for the general reader include the classic A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe in a Nutshell, and A Briefer History of Time. He lives in Cambridge, England. www.hawking.org.uk Leonard Mlodinow is a physicist at Caltech and the bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives, Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace, and Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life. He also wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He lives in South Pasadena, California. www.its.caltech.edu/ len
    Review quote
    "The authors bring together an anecdotal clarity that is something of a first for the genre. . . . Making science like this interesting is not all that hard; making it accessible is the real trick, one that" The Grand Design" pulls off.""--Time " "In this short and sprightly book, Messrs. Hawking and Mlodinow take the reader through a whirlwind tour of fundamental physics and cosmology.""--The Wall Street Journal" " " "Fascinating . . . a wealth of ideas [that] leave us with a clearer understanding of modern physics in all its invigorating complexity.""--Los Angeles Times" " " "Groundbreaking.""--The Washington Post" "From the Trade Paperback edition."