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The Grand Design

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When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the nature of reality? Why are the laws of nature so finely tuned as to allow for the existence of beings like ours
Hardcover, First Edition, 199 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Bantam
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Oct 12, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it
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.

"Oh, I'm a cosmologist."
"Cosmetologist? Cool, do you do make-up for movies?"
"Um...not unless rouge is a component of dark matter." (ba-da-bum)
"I make detectors and use them to study the origins and geometry of our universe."
Dec 23, 2010 Kemper rated it really liked it
When this book was released, I was reading a story about it on-line, and the headline said something like: “Stephen Hawking Says There Is No God”. Then I made the critical mistake of looking at the user comments under the story. It was the usual collection of badly spelled notes from ignorant asshats who tried to say that stupid science didn’t know nuthin’ or that it was all Obama’s fault.

But one in particular caught my eye. It was by someone who undoubtedly dabbles in both neurosurgery and roc
Look John look!
See the pop science bestseller.
See the glossy paper.
See the large font.
See the wide margins.
See the world-famous physicist.
See the ghostwriter.

See the double slit experiment!
Maybe you have seen it before.
But you can never see the double slit experiment too many times.
See the theory of everything.
It is free of infinities.
Anyway, never mind that.

See the quantum multiverse!
See the strong anthropic principle.
See them explain the mystery of being.
They are science.
They make pre
Oct 11, 2012 Marvin rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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Stephen Hawking is smarter than I am. That's no big feat because two of my cats are smarter than I am. The other cat is a certifiable idiot. But Hawking is way smarter than I am. The Grand Design is Hawking's explanation, more or less, about why the universe is the way it is. The answer comes down to M-theory which is more of a combining of explanations than one single unifying theory. Many reviewers seem to think Hawking is saying there is no God but he really seems to be stating that God is i
Jul 18, 2013 James rated it it was ok
Note: I'm a physicist, so my experience reading this was colored by my training.

Hawking and Mlodinow begin by declaring, on the very first page, that "philosophy is dead," and that modern science alone must carry our search for knowledge into the future. Several pages later, they launch into a purely philosophical discussion on the nature of reality and discovery. Dead, indeed. In my opinion, this accurately colors the entire book, and if you can't stomach this kind of hard-and-fast science for
Jul 13, 2011 Jafar rated it liked it
I have a feeling that the publishing industry is milking Stephen Hawking. There was a time when we had a dashing physicist named Richard Feynman who used LSD and played banjo in a strip club. The naked pole dancers didn’t distract him from formulating quantum electrodynamics. He was quite a genius, and he was all over the place with his talks and popular books. But he’s dead. Now Stephen Hawking seems to be the coolest physicist around. He’s paralyzed and wheelchair-bound, and he speaks through ...more
Riku Sayuj
Aug 10, 2012 Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it
Shelves: r-r-rs, pop-science
In the first chapter Hawking says that his aim is to provide an answer to "Life, Universe and Everything" and goes on to assure us that his answer will not merely be "42". After just completing the last chapter, I think I still prefer "42".
Mohamed al-Jamri
Feb 10, 2016 Mohamed al-Jamri rated it liked it
أثير الكثير من الكلام حول هذا الكتاب قبل وبعد صدوره خاصة وأن أحد الكاتبين هو العالم البريطاني الشهير ستيفن هوكنج وأيضًا بسبب التساؤلات الوجودية التي يطرحها

يبدأ الكتاب بسرد تاريخ العلم، فيقول أن البشر في البداية استعانوا بالأساطير والقوى الخارقة لتفسير الظواهر الطبيعية ومن ثم في القرن السادس قبل الميلاد ظهر لنا مجموعة من المفكرين الإغريق من مدرسة إيونية قاموا بمحاولة الخروج بتفسيرات مادية للظواهر الطبيعية من دون الرجوع للآلهة كعامل مفسر. على رأس هؤلاء كان طاليس الذي قيل أنه تنبأ بكسوف للشمس وجاء
اون چیزایی رو که حقیقتاً توضیح داده بود رو خوب توضیح داده بود.
+ که البته تکراری بودن.

هاوکینگ، میشه دیگه کتاب ننویسی؟
+ ترجمه و ویراست فاجعه بود.

+ ویرایش بعد از یک سال و اندی : عصبانی بودم اون موقع خب. زیاد به دل نگیرین.
Sep 10, 2010 Jason rated it it was ok

Wake me up when you actually define M-Theory.
(Which has yet to be defined)

This was a short read that cost WAY TOO MUCH money.

Any book I can read in a day should cost less than 9 dollars.
Feb 13, 2016 Eva rated it really liked it
Obviously nobody needs me to confirm what a brilliant scientist Hawking is. And if his brain didn't work in the meticulous and dissecting manner that it does mankind would not have benefited from his various discoveries. Having said that, I was troubled in reading this book. Troubled because I am not a religious person but I felt like defending religion. From the beginning Hawking refers to 'elegance' as the most important factor in a scientific theory especially when talking about a theory of e ...more
محمد  النعمه
في هذا الكتاب الذي يكتب الفيزيائي والعالم الكبير ستفين هوكينج .. يقدم لنا أخر ما توصل له العلم للإجابة على " أسئلة الكون الكبرى "

كتاب ممتع وجميل .. معقد قليل ومصطلحاته الفيزيائية صعبه لغير المتخصصين .. أنصح بقراءته .. قيمته بأربع نجوم على السته الأولى .. فهي جميلة وعلمية ومفيدة .. والكتاب مقسم للفصول التالية //

في الفصل الأول يتحدث " لغز الوجود " .. يطرح المؤلف فكرة الكتاب وكيف سيجيب على الاسئلة الكبرى ( لماذا يوجد الشيء بدلاً من اللا شيء؟ .. لماذا نوجد نحن ؟ .. لماذا توجد هذه المجموعة المحددة
Oct 26, 2010 Elise rated it it was amazing
After reading Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything and Brian Greene's The Fabric of the Cosmos, I felt that I might finally be ready for my first Hawking book. There were a couple of sections that I re-read, in an attempt to make concrete some of the more abstract aspects of m-theory. Despite my rudimentary understanding of quantum physics, I still gleaned a great deal from this book and would recommend it to anyone who is even mildly curious. Those who have a more advanced educati ...more
David Boyce
Aug 06, 2011 David Boyce rated it it was ok
As a cosmologist and a Stephen Hawking fan, I have a real issue with this book. His statement, that the Universe unpacks itself and therefore does not need a creator is based on some really flawed logic called 'model dependent realism'. MDR is a way of comparing reality to a model, if the model produces the same observable characteristics as observed in reality then the model is said to be as true as any other model.

Imagine this, if there was equal amounts of incriminating evidence that two peop
Ahmad Ashraf
بِسْم الله المصمم الأعظم أبدأ مراجعتي للتصميم العظيم لستيفن هوكينج
حتي لا تكون هذة المراجعة موضوع إنشائي سألجأ للتركيز و التكثيف ما إستطعت
تقديم :- من المفترض أن الفيزيائي الشهيرة مستر هوكينج كتب هذا الكتاب من أجل إيضاح التصميم العظيم و كيفية بداية الكون من العدم ، و هو كغيره من العلماء ينكر فكرة وجود كائن فوقي أو مهندس مصمم للكون و يعتبر ذلك أسطورة !!
و الرجل حاول لمرات عديدة أن يحل معضلات نشأة الكون من العدم و لكنه فشل و لو أمعنت في دراسة هذا الكتاب الفريد و أنت ملحد سوف تلحد بإلحادك فور نهاية صف
Jul 09, 2015 Shaun rated it really liked it
Once again, I am awed and blown away by the f'ing awesomeness of the universe, and it struck me how presumptuous many of us are considering our insignificance in the grand scope of things.

I have two science based degrees, but Physics was never my strong suit, and I'd be lying if I said everything in his book made perfect sense. On the flip side, I had several light bulb moments, which is always nice.

Among other things, Hawking makes a few great points particularly about the essence of "reality."
Erik Graff
Mar 05, 2015 Erik Graff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hawking fans
Recommended to Erik by: A.M.
Shelves: sciences
I was given this book as a reward for helping a friend pick up and deliver newly purchased furniture. As is the case with most such gifts, I began to read it immediately.

I was almost immediately turned off by the text owing to an extraordinary display of ignorance on the part of the authors and the editors, a mistake appearing in the first few pages in their lead-up to what is supposed to be a survey of the history of physics as germinated in Ionian philosophy. Here they note in passing that wri
Nov 03, 2010 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I own several of Hawking's books, and so I was drawn to this thin volume. Obviously his co-author did most of the work, since Hawking's health continues to deteriorate. Mlodinow is a physicist at Caltech and an author in his own right. His name should appear as co-author, but my cynical brain thinks the publisher felt Hawking's name would sell more copies.

Much time is given to Richard Feynman and his work in quantum physics. In fact, this book promotes the study of quantum theory as the main ans
Sep 21, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De ce există ceva mai degrabă decât nimic?
De ce existăm?
De ce acest set particular de legi, și nu altele?

Debutând cu o scurtă recapitulare a viziunii umane asupra Universului, timpului și spațiului de-a lungul vremii, cartea lui Stephen Hawking oferă mai multe întrebări decât răspunsuri, urmărind în opinia mea stârnirea curiozității inerente oamenilor, încurajarea căutării unor explicații universal valabile pentru a lămuri existența a tot ceea ce există, ce ne înconjoară, a tot ceea ce putem și
Abdulla Awachi
Sep 12, 2016 Abdulla Awachi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*مراجعة كتاب التصميم العظيم*

لـ ستيفن هوكينج

*لماذا اخترت هذا الكتاب؟*

اهتماماتي في العادة هي حقول الفلسفة و اللسانيات ، و ما دفعني لاختيار هذا الكتاب هو أنني بعد أن تصفحته لأول وهلة - و تستمر الصدف في أن تقودني لاكتشافات عظيمة من الكتب و المصنفات- وجدت فيه إثارة لأسئلة الكون الكبرى التي عادةً ما تتطرق لها الفلسفة كسؤال لماذا وُجد الوجود و لماذا حل الوجود بدلاً من العدم ، و لكن في هذه المرة وقع اختياري على هذا الكتاب العلمي ، و السبب في ذلك أن الفلسفة و العلم تتلاقيان في مساءل بحثية مشتركة كمبحث ال
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking
سه برگردان فارسی از این کتاب وجود دارد: «علی هادیان و سارا ایزدیار نشر مازیار»؛ «حسین صداقت و امیر امیرآبادی نشر نقش و نگار»؛ «جمیل بصام انتشارات افکار»؛ ا. ش
استیون هاوکینگ میگوید: ممکن است روشی که کیهان بوجود آمده هماهنگ با قوانین دانش باشد، که در این صورت نیازی نیست به خدا متوسل بشویم تا تصمیم بگیریم که کیهان چگونه آغاز شدهاست. اگر ما یک فرضیه همهجانبه و کامل را در مورد پیدایش عالم کشف کنیم، این مهمترین پیروزی انسان خواهد بود چون ما قادر خواهیم بود که فکر خدا ر
Andrew Langridge
Sep 17, 2015 Andrew Langridge rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
There are only a couple of positives that I can think to say about this book. Firstly, Hawking has some Feynman-like qualities in being able to lucidly express important ideas in physics such as time dilation in special relativity and the double slit experiment. Secondly, his philosophy of science that he calls model-based realism has many things going for it, although why it is called realism is never fully explained. I did not find this book particularly easy to read, probably because I did no ...more
عمر الحمادي
أصر هوكنغ أن الفلسفة قد ماتت منذ زمن وأن من يتولى زمام شرح العلوم وتفسيرها هم علماء الطبيعة ، لكن أوليس بحث الفيزياء أو الأحياء التطورية في مطلق الوجود أو الإله الأعظم هو تماما مثل بحث أحدنا في نوعية أحد البرامج التلفزيونية عن طريق تفكيك جهاز التلفزيون وتشريحه ومعرفة كيفية عمل وصلاته لمعرفة نوعية ذلك البرنامج ! فرغم ان ذلك التفكيك عمل مضن وشاق الا انه كان جهد في غير محله لأنه لم يقدم جوابا عن السؤال المراد الاجابة عنه، فالبحث في وجود الله عقلي بحت في المقام الأول و تتم الاستعانة بالعلوم الطبيعية ...more
Dec 31, 2012 Jessie rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of a Christmas challenge with my fiance. He is a science PhD student who wanted to expand my horizons. I think this was just the book to do it. It is written in a clear, accessible style with hints of humor. I will say that I still dont understand string theory but my fiance's assures me that no one else does either.
Dec 25, 2011 Jacob rated it liked it
I've read snippets of Hawking's books before and enjoyed them. The particular theme of this one interested me so I picked it up. It started out with some creation myths and a well-paced history of bigger picture science. It bogged down in the middle with an exploration of quantam physics that the author felt was necessary for his subsequent theory of Grand Design, but in reality did little for his theory or the book as a whole.

In fact, while engaging, fun to read, and highly informative, the boo
Aug 22, 2011 Chy rated it really liked it
Since I read this here book, I’m going to attempt to talk like a smart person. It’s a half-hearted attempt and is doomed to failure, as hopefully you realize it already done did.

“There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

(Douglas Adams)

This book totally agrees with
Manish Sinha
May 02, 2015 Manish Sinha rated it really liked it
This book isn't for beginners. They should first read more simpler books before starting with this one.

The first few chapters of the book are relatively easy to understand and need just basic physics to understand. It assumed you remember concepts of physics like matter-wave-duality. It even assumes you have a basic knowledge of our view of universe some two hundred years back like we are in center of universe etc.

The book contains beautiful graphical depictions and photos. It makes the book ea
ريهام يوسف
Aug 21, 2016 ريهام يوسف rated it liked it
Shelves: science

Iam not expectng thar when I started reading the book, I thought it would be simpler than this, I surprised when he started to talk about quantum especially Quantum electrodynamics_the most complicated to me_ .
He talked about the four forces and the efforts of the scientists to unify them in one theory, standard model, string theory, newton's laws, the relativity, double-split experiment, the dimensions ...

In first two chapters and first of every chapter, myths from old civilisations about the u
Adam J E L
Aug 06, 2014 Adam J E L rated it it was amazing
The Grand Design
4 Stars - Fun read by one of the brightest minds of today, for those looking to begin understanding why we all are here!

To start with, this book is not as easy as a read as it comes across, regardless of how it is 'dumbed down' for the average Joe. I personally enjoy this topic, but can very easily see how folks not to keen on understanding many of the topics enclosed, can be stuck rereading many portions of the book.

I went with 4 of 5 stars, as I am a tad disappointed that it s
Ever since I was little, I remember the image of Stephen Hawking from TV. I don't know why, but he remained embroidered in my brain after watching a TV show that spoke of him. This must have been 10 years ago, or something like that, but when it was explained to me what he was and what he was doing and did and why he looked the way he looked (remember I was 7 or 8 so I was bound to ask hurtful questions), I became to develop this fondness towards him.

In my late years (oh, I'm soooo old), when I
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Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England. His parents' house was in north London, but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies. When he was eight, his family moved to St Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At eleven Stephen went to St Albans School, and then on to University College, Oxford, his father's old college. Ste ...more
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