I am somewhat amazed that ‘The Grand Design’ was a bestseller in Amazon within days of being printed because…I find it hard to believe so many people understand it.
(of course, that feeling might be pique at being one of the minority who didn’t get the theories he expounded on in his previous book. i was pretty hopeless at string theory too when i studied mathematics.)
Title of Book: The Grand Design
Author(s): Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
[Take Amazon’s word for it because I certainly cannot summarize this. Wait, apparently, no editor at Amazon understood the book either because Hawking himself wrote the editorial review, part of which I quote here.]
“In The Grand Design we explain why, according to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence, or history, but rather that every possible history of the universe exists simultaneously. We question the conventional concept of reality, posing instead a “model-dependent” theory of reality. We discuss how the laws of our particular universe are extraordinarily finely tuned so as to allow for our existence, and show why 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. And we assess M-Theory, an explanation of the laws governing the multiverse, and the only viable candidate for a complete “theory of everything.”
The book generated a fair amount of controversy because Continue reading