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The Grand Design Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Hawking, Stephen W., Mlodinow, Leonard
ISBN: 055338466X     ISBN-13: 9780553384666
Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: February 2012
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Annotation: Presents a new study of the cosmos that explains the latest theories on why the universe and life exist and why they work the way they do, through the concept of the multiverse, or "m-theory," that attempts to construct a grand unified design.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Unified field theories; Popular works.
Superstring theories; Popular works.
Mathematical physics; Popular works.
BISAC Categories:
- Science | Cosmology
- Science | Astrophysics & Space Science
Dewey: 530.142
LCCN: bl2012004358
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.50" (1.05 lbs) 199 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Stephen Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the presidential Medal of Freedom. His books for the general reader include My Brief History, the classic A Brief History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universes, The Universe in a Nutshell, and, with Leonard Mlodinow, A Briefer History of Time and The Grand Design. Stephen Hawking died in 2018.

Leonard Mlodinow received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and teaches at Caltech. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules our LivesSubliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your BehaviorWar of the Worldviews: Science versus Spirituality (with Deepak Chopra), Feynman’s Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life, and Euclid’s Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace. He also wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He lives in South Pasadena, California.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 July #4)

The three central questions of philosophy and science: Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why this particular set of laws and not some other? No one can make a discussion of such matters as compulsively readable as the celebrated University of Cambridge cosmologist Hawking (A Brief History of Time). Along with Caltech physicist Mlodinow (The Drunkard's Walk), Hawking deftly mixes cutting-edge physics to answer those key questions. For instance, why do we exist? Earth occupies a "Goldilocks Zone" in space: just the perfect distance from a not-too-hot star, with just the right elements to allow life to evolve. On a larger scale, in order to explain the universe, the authors write, "we need to know not only how the universe behaves, but why." While no single theory exists yet, scientists are approaching that goal with what is called "M-theory," a collection of overlapping theories (including string theory) that fill in many (but not all) the blank spots in quantum physics; this collection is known as the "Grand Unified Field Theories." This may all finally explain the mystery of the universe's creation without recourse to a divine creator. This is an amazingly concise, clear, and intriguing overview of where we stand when it comes to divining the secrets of the universe. 41 color illus. throughout, 7 b&w cartoons. (Sept. 7)

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