Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Grand Design

Thinking. Philosophers, theologians and physicists all ask the really big questions, like why do we exist? In the new book, The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present a brief and readable perspective on the theories that lead them to conclude that we expect because our planet is in just the right location to support life, and that this could have occurred without any divine intervention. The authors explore the developments in M-theory, a unified set of theories that answer the questions about why the universe behaves the ways it does. As a non-physicist, I found this book readable, although I expect that while I understood the words, I still don’t quite get it. Nonetheless, it’s rewarding to be exposed to the thinking of these scientists in an accessible way, and to think along with them about those really big questions.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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