ethallie, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by ethallie)
This book is Stephen Hawking's finest work. The way it clearly explains some of the most difficult concepts in modern physics is absolutely fantastic. The book addresses the question of the existence of God, and does a wonderful job of it. This book is a must read for anyone interested in physics.
Sivabit, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Sivabit)
I love this book. It is about time someone put it all together for us.While I do not agree with all of Mr. Hawking's theories, I am intrigued by them.Even when I am not convinced of his evidence I learn something that helps me to form my own cosmological theories.
Ancient thinkers asked why nature operates as it does; modern scientists inquire how. Hawking and Mlodinow argue that M-theory explains both, and they make great use of gorgeous illustrations, for some of these ideas come across most powerfully in pictures.
by Kelly L.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"The three central questions of philosophy and science: Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why this particular set of laws and not some other? No one can make a discussion of such matters as compulsively readable as the celebrated University of Cambridge cosmologist Hawking (A Brief History of Time). Along with Caltech physicist Mlodinow (The Drunkard's Walk), Hawking deftly mixes cutting-edge physics to answer those key questions. For instance, why do we exist? Earth occupies a 'Goldilocks Zone' in space: just the perfect distance from a not-too-hot star, with just the right elements to allow life to evolve. On a larger scale, in order to explain the universe, the authors write, 'we need to know not only how the universe behaves, but why.' While no single theory exists yet, scientists are approaching that goal with what is called 'M-theory,' a collection of overlapping theories (including string theory) that fill in many (but not all) the blank spots in quantum physics; this collection is known as the 'Grand Unified Field Theories.' This may all finally explain the mystery of the universe's creation without recourse to a divine creator. This is an amazingly concise, clear, and intriguing overview of where we stand when it comes to divining the secrets of the universe. 41 color illus. throughout, 7 b&w cartoons. (Sept. 7)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Stephen Hawking's pitch of the multiverse concept likely will reach...readers — not solely due to his world-wide fame but also because of the efficiently precise, understandable, and lightly jesting prose of Hawking and coauthor Mlodinow."
by Washington Post,
"I've waited a long time for this book. It gets into the deepest questions of modern cosmology without a single equation."
In this major new work, Hawking looks to the laws of nature and physics for the answers to the ultimate questions. Here in one brilliantly succinct volume is the accumulative wisdom of a lifetime of thinking about the questions that were one addressed by philosophy, but are now the province of science.
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