The Grand Design

The Grand Design

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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Along with Caltech physicist Mlodinow (The Drunkard's Walk), University of Cambridge cosmologist Hawking (A Brief History of Time)deftly mixes cutting-edge physics to answer three key questions--Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why this particular set of laws and not some other?--and explains that scientists are approaching 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."
Publisher: [Westminster, Md.] : Books on Tape, 2010
ISBN: 9781415966624
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book


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Jul 15, 2017

Its short and clearly written and very well read by the audiobook reader, but its concise and requires more attention than most non-fiction audiobooks to follow (because its short one can just re-listen to it if one wants to without much cost). Its sprinkled with bits of humour, the second half more than the first. Its enjoyable and thought and wonder-provoking (and encourages further reading into the field).

cyber14853ns Jan 27, 2014

The content is probably great; I haven't gone through more than 1/4 of it. The AUDIO is a gross FAILURE! Many a voice-actor has no feel, not to mention passion, of the subject matter. The pace is even too fast for a verbal reading of a (straight forward) novel. There is always this rush to the next sentence in one breath. I doesn't sound natural! I'm sure Mr. Mlodinow or any Cambridge graduate physics student with a neutral accent could have done better. How do you read to grown children? How do people lecture?
How do people tell stories on NPR? Publishers should listen to the Feynman Lectures from the 60's or any of the Teaching Company courses and then enforce a certain standard.

johnf108 May 22, 2013

Co-author Mlodinow, is an ETHS grad. He also wrote "Feynman's Rainbow" about his involvement with Feynman during is final year of life.

Jul 07, 2012

Tremendous, I now understand why they call Stephen Hawkins a super genius

muñeca Aug 01, 2011

I found this book to be rather unsatisfying. Hawking makes the bold statement at the beginning that “philosophy is dead”. I just can’t agree with that, especially when the author spends much of the book philosophizing. He is trying to say that the answer to all and everything is an emerging theory, M-Theory. But he doesn’t sufficiently back up much of what he claims which actual scientific data. It’s also quite difficult to follow in some parts. Granted I did listen to this on audiobook rather then read it, so I was probably missing out on some diagrams and so forth, but I still found the writing a bit stifling and not at all as readable as his previous and resounding success, A Brief History of Time.

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