Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Grand Design By Stephen Hawking

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 of 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.  

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