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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 055338466X
ISBN-13: 9780553384666
Sku: 220179429
Publish Date: 2/21/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.5T
Pages:  199
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Presents a new study of the cosmos that explains the latest theories on why the universe and life exist and why they work the way they do, through the concept of the multiverse, or m-theory, that attempts to construct a grand unified design. *Author: Hawking, Stephen W./ Mlodinow, Leonard *Publication Date: 2012/02/21 *Number of Pages: 199 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.00
Sometimes, to laymen theoretical physics can seem as mercurial and trend-following as high fashion. That's where Stephen Hawking steps in. Since the publication of A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME (1988), the longtime Oxford professor has been finding ways to explain these complex and ever-changing theories. Here, working with physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking delivers another bang-up book with GRAND DESIGN, in which the authors attempt to clarify one of the most fundamental and puzzling questions--how did are universe begin. Examining M-theory, string theory, parallel universes, quantum theory, and other ideas in chatty yet informative prose, GRAND DESIGN takes a quick tour of the history of the development of these crazy ideas and then synthesizes the questions and possible solutions that lie in the gray matter between science, philosophy, and the imagination.
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Stephen W. Hawking
Born in Oxford, England, Hawking studied at Oxford and Cambridge, and became Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge in 1979. His work in general relativity has led to a search for a quantum theory of gravity to explain black holes and the Big Bang. Around the time of the publication of his book, "The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time" in 1973, he published his results that black holes could emit particles in the form of thermal radiation, now known as Hawking radiation. Hawking suffered from Lou Gehrig's Disease (amyothropic lateral sclerosis), a rare, progressive, and incurable neuromoter disease that has rendered him almost completely paralyzed. Although he was confined to a wheelchair and able to speak only through a mechanical apparatus, Hawking continued to conduct cutting-edge research and be recognized as the preeminent scientist of his era.


"[A]ccessible and elegant....I've waited a long time for this book. It gets into the deepest questions of modern cosmology without a single equation. The reader will be able to get through it without bogging down in a lot of technical detail and will, I hope, have his or her appetite whetted for books with a deeper technical content." - James Trefil 09/05/2010

"[A] fascinating book, with...wonderful illustrations....Hawking and Mlodinow pack in a wealth of ideas and leave us with a clearer understanding of modern physics in all its invigorating complexity." - Michael Moorcock 09/05/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0199
Product attributePublisher:   Bantam
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