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The Grand Design

THE FIRST MAJOR WORK IN NEARLY A DECADE BY ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT THINKERS-A MARVELOUSLY CONCISE BOOK WITH NEW ANSWERS TO THE ULTIMATE QUESTIONS OF LIFE
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 ourselves? And, finally, is the apparent "grand design" of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion-or does science offer another explanation?
The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet-if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.
In The Grand Design they explain that 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. When applied to the universe as a whole, this idea calls into question the very notion of cause and effect. But the "top-down" approach to cosmology that Hawking and
Mlodinow describe would say that the fact that the past takes no definite form means that we create history by observing it, rather than that history creates us. The authors further explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very early universe, and show how 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.
Along the way Hawking and Mlodinow question the conventional concept of reality, posing a "model-dependent" theory of reality as the best we can hope to find. And they conclude with a riveting assessment of M-theory, an explanation of the laws governing us and our universe that is currently the only viable candidate for a complete "theory of everything." If confirmed, they write, it will be the unified theory that Einstein was looking for, and the ultimate triumph of human reason.
A succinct, startling, and lavishly illustrated guide to discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems, The Grand Design is a book that will inform-and provoke-like no other.
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"The authors bring together an anecdotal clarity that is something of a first for the genre. . . . Making science like this interesting is not all that hard; making it accessible is the real trick, one that The Grand Design pulls off." -Time
"In this short and sprightly book, Messrs. Hawking and Mlodinow take the reader through a whirlwind tour of fundamental physics and cosmology." -The Wall Street Journal
"Fascinating . . . a wealth of ideas [that] leave us with a clearer understanding of modern physics in all its invigorating complexity." -Los Angeles Times
"Groundbreaking." -The Washington Post
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Portrait
Stephen Hawking, geboren 1942 in Oxford, Großbritannien ist Astrophysiker und seit 1979 Inhaber des Lucasischen Lehrstuhls für Mathematik und Theoretische Physik an der Universität Cambridge, den einst auch Sir Isaac Newton inne hatte. Er lieferte bedeutende Arbeiten zur Kosmologie, wobei seine Forschung vor allem auf dem Gebiet der Physik der Schwarzen Löcher angesiedelt ist. 1963 wurde bei Hawking Amyotrophe Lateralsklerose (ALS) diagnostiziert und er ist seit 1968 auf einen Rollstuhl angewiesen. Durch einen Luftröhrenschnitt 1985 verlor er die Fähigkeit zu sprechen und ist für die verbale Kommunikation auf die Benutzung eines Sprachcomputers angewiesen. Stephen Hawking veröffentlichte seit den 70er Jahren zahlreiche wissenschaftliche Werke und zählt zu den weltweit renommiertesten Wissenschaftlern, die auf dem Gebiet der Astrophysik forschen. Durch "Eine kurze Geschichte der Zeit" ist er auch einem breiten Publikum außerhalb der Fachwelt bekannt geworden.
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Seitenzahl 208
Erscheinungsdatum 01.09.2010
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-553-80537-6
Verlag Bantam Dell
Maße (L/B/H) 234/160/20 mm
Gewicht 590
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