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Read "The Grand Design" by Stephen Hawking available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. #1 NEW YORK TIMES. The grand design [electronic resource (EPUB eBook)] / Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. Along with Caltech physicist Mlodinow (The Drunkard's Walk) . #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? What is the nature of reality? Is the apparent “grand design” of .

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The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. The Grand Design is a popular-science book written by physicists Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow and published by Bantam Books in. Get this from a library! The grand design. [Stephen Hawking; Leonard Mlodinow] -- Along with Caltech physicist Mlodinow (The Drunkard's Walk), University of.

Shelves: non-fiction , first-reads , science It's a funny thing being a cosmologist in the greater Los Angeles area. Back when I was a partying single graduate student, I'd frequently hit the town for some fun. Inevitably I'd meet someone, strike up a conversation, and they might ask me what I did for a living. Cool, do you do make-up for movies? No way. You ever work in movies?

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You can remove the unavailable item s now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout. Remove FREE. Unavailable for download. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. See Other Editions. Skip this list. Ratings and Book Reviews 10 44 star ratings 10 reviews. Overall rating 4. Theirs is a universe governed only by the laws of physics. There could be no exceptions or miracles.

This would exclude the possibility of miracles or an active role for God. It is part history and part philosophy with plenty of discussion of physics. Much of the book is an absorbing tour through quantum physics. Along the way the reader also finds full-color photos, diagrams, and illustrations. Speaking of clear teaching examples, the book is filled with ways to help the reader visualize some very hard concepts.

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Gravity affects space-time like having a rubber sheet for your pool table, then pulling down on one spot right in the middle. The balls will curve around the area in much the same way that objects do near-ish black holes.

The "strings" in string theory are described to be like a straw, with a surface space, but curled up on itself. However, from very far away a straw looks like a 2-dimensional line. And yet a few of their examples obviously fall short, which I suppose all stand-ins for the real thing will eventually do. The one that really stood out like a a sore thumb was the balloon-as-expanding-universe. Their illustration looks like someone could take a marker and draw little galaxies on a balloon.

Then as the balloon is filled with more air and expands, all galaxies will move away from each other independently. The first trouble is that the galaxies, if drawn on, would expand themselves, which doesn't actually happen. The mass and hence gravity of galaxies is a stronger force than the expansion of the universe. In the text, it's made clear that the galaxies have to be treated as points on the balloon, but the graphic is a bit misleading.

Secondly, the obvious question to the balloon is: Okay, the balloon expands into our 3-dimensional space, so what is the universe expanding into? They certainly touch on the answer later, but never refer back to our balloon.

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What a shame. At any rate, here's my advice: Believe their grand M-theory answer or don't, I don't think it matters as long as you have learned a few things about our scientific understanding of the universe along the way. Create a supersymmetry of courtship mishaps or something. I was at a party on campus, which was completely populated by science grad students, and maybe a few random stray people.

I met a guy, he seemed nice enough, so we chatted about motorcycles for a while.