CategoriesScience & Maths GRAND DESIGN


STEPHEN HAWKING & L. MLODINOW    Book Number: 82613    Product format: Paperback

Designed to give the reader a clearer understanding of modern physics, the authors write with anecdotal clarity. When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? What is the nature of reality? Is the apparent 'Grand Design' of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion, or does science offer another explanation? We each exist for but a short time, and in that time explore but a small part of the whole universe. But humans are a curious species and we seek answers. According to the traditional conception of the universe, objects move on well-defined paths and have definitive histories. Yet this 1920s 'classical' picture could not account for the seemingly bizarre behaviour observed on the atomic and sub-atomic scales of existence. Instead it was necessary to adopt a different framework, called quantum physics, based on very different conceptions of physical reality. We now have a candidate for the ultimate theory of everything called M-theory which predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing. Each universe has many possible histories and many possible states at later times yet many would be quite unsuitable for the existence of any form of life which makes humans in a sense the lords of creation. But we need to understand not only how the universe behaves, but why. Many fun cartoons, colour images and diagrams in this New York Times bestseller, 200 pages in paperback. Remainder mark.
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ISBN 9780553384666
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