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Publisher Description

In the last thirty years of his life Albert Einstein searched for a unified theory - a theory which could describe all the forces of nature in a single framework. But the time was not right for such a discovery in Einstein's day.

Neither was the time right when, in 1988, Professor Stephen Hawking wrote A Brief History of Time in which he took us on a journey through classical physics, Einstein's theory of relativity, quantum physics and string theory in order to explain the universe that we live in. He concluded, like Einstein, that science may soon arrive at the long sought after 'Theory of Everything'.

In this ground-breaking new work, Professor Hawking and renowned science writer Leonard Mlodinow have drawn on forty years of Hawking's own research and a recent series of extraordinary astronomical observations and theoretical breakthroughs to reveal an original and controversial theory. They convincingly argue that scientific obsession with formulating a single new model may be misplaced, and that, instead, by synthesising existing theories we may discover the key to finally understanding the universe's deepest mysteries.

Written with the clarity and lively style for which Hawking is famous, The Grand Design is an account of Hawking's quest to fuse these different strands of scientific theory. It examines the differences between past and future, explains the nature of reality and asks an all-important question: How far can we go in our search for understanding and knowledge?

Science & Nature
Steve West
hr min
September 9

Customer Reviews

SupaShang ,

Good without God

This book is thought provoking and easy to digest. It doesn't drown the listener in complex mathematic, nor spoil the flow of the book with incomprehensible science. Expect the usual history lesson highlighting scientists and philosophers contributions to knowledge throughout history, and inject some refreshing new ideas about "reality" and you will appreciate the work that has gone into this book. Don't expect anything new or groundbreaking from Hawking here, rather, a well laid out interpretation for the universe that most of us already understood, yet are unable to articulate in any reasonable fashion. All in all, this is a good book, one any science fan will be pleased to add to their collection. The narrator isn't annoying either, which I count as a bonus.

Littlebobbit ,

The grand design

I would rate this but as my iPod didn't successfully download it, it will have to wait. I am looking forward to this very much!!

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