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The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking
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Sep 27, 10

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Read from September 20 to 27, 2010

The subtitle to this book could have been "Assertions in search of an argument." The book isn't documented and arguments aren't given at some key points. Hawking and Mlodinow also manage to make themselves look a little naive at times. For example, stating, in the very beginning of the book, that "philosophy is dead" and then going on to rest their entire theory on a (highly controversial) philosophical theory of model-dependent realism.

Of course, Hawking is a huge authority in the eyes of the public, so the layperson will eat this stuff up, hook, line, and sinker. Unfortunately, I'm sure I'll be hearing about how Feynman's sum-over-histories proves the many worlds hypothesis for a long time my now, by people who really have no idea what exactly it is or how exactly it proves it. But why should anyone take my negative appraisal seriously? So, as they say in Reading Rainbow, don't just take my word for it... Here are what some other well respected physicists are saying:

http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wo...

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/bdf3ae28-b6...

and see here:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blo...

For a Christian response to Hawking's anti-theistic remarks see here:

http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/P...
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