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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.

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2010
September 7
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
17
MB

Customer Reviews

Mr Sauce ,

A comprehensible glimpse into thinking leading up to M-theory

...but definitely challenging at times as a few of the ideas were a little too conceptual for someone like me who was a science major way back in the 19th century it seems (11 dimensions? Of course!). I am hoping that time away from it then a second read will help close the 10% (ok 30%) or so that I struggled with.

That said, overall a very enjoyable and stimulating read, with many efforts to simplify and use examples, analogies, with some monty python moments thrown in.

Big Ed Thirty-3 ,

Very interesting read

If you're interested in physics and the origin an workings of the universe, then you'll love this book. Complex quantum physics theories are toned down in order to grasp the general ideas although I believe a general knowledge of physics is still required to follow along. Still not an easy read but definitely worth taking the time to understand the concepts. I highly enjoyed it.

Thomas Dr ,

Read this when I was 14

Great book. His depictions of scientific experiments is amazing. Unlike "A Brief History of Time", he doesn't make stretches for the possibility of some scientific ideas. I also was strongly convinced by his description of the multiverse theory. His discussion of the 11 dimensions wasn't very passionate in comparison to his other discussions. I am taking a liking to the M-theory, but I have troubles going after ideas with little to no evidence. Must be why I'm an atheist.

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