- Tapa blanda: 256 páginas
- Editor: Bantam; Edición: 01 (18 de agosto de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0553819224
- ISBN-13: 978-0553819229
- Valoración media de los clientes: 2 opiniones de clientes
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The Grand Design (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 18 ago 2011
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"This is mind-blowing stuff" (The Sunday Times)
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When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Is the apparent 'grand design' of our universe evidence for a benevolent creator who set things in motion? Or does science offer another explanation?
In The Grand Design, the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe is presented in language marked by both brilliance and simplicity. Model dependent realism, the multiverse, the top-down theory of cosmology, and the unified M-theory - all are revealed here.
This is the first major work in nearly a decade by one of the world's greatest thinkers. 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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You've probably already heard about this book in the news for one reason only. This is the book where Hawkings, perhaps the most famous scientist of our era, supposedly comes out and declares himself Pope of the Atheists and that Science has proven God does not exist. Christians can safely put away their crucifixes. Not once does Hawkings say God does not exist, or that God didn't create the universe. He makes no truth claims whatsoever about gods and other supernatural beings. This is a book about physics first and foremost, and most of the text is devoted to the latest developments in "M-Theory", one of the leading candidates to be the Theory of Everything. The issue of religion doesn't come up much at all until the final chapter. Here's the quote where Hawkings (and talented co-author Leonard Mlodinow) come closest to taking a position:
"It is reasonable to ask who or what created the universe, but if the answer is God, then the question has merely been deflected to that of who created God. In this view it is accepted that some entity exists that needs no creator, and that entity is called God. This is known as the first-cause argument for the existence of God. We claim, however, that it is possible to answer these questions purely within the realm of science, and without invoking any divine beings." (page 172)
I'll let you form your own opinion; you probably already have one.
Beyond that supposed scandal story, the book is an engaging and interesting read. I give only four stars, however, because it is sometimes a bit too light for my taste. At only 181 pages, I got through it in a couple of sittings. It also goes a bit too far, in my opinion, in terms of simplifying the science for popular consumption. But if you are interested at all in the Big Questions of Life the Universe and Everything, it's hard to find a 181-page book that covers the topic better.
One of my favorite chapters of the book was the one in which he describes "The Game of Life", which is a very interesting simulation created a while back. The Game of Life demonstrates how narrow our science may be in trying to discover the fundamental laws of the universe. In fact, it almost depressed me to think that we are so limited by our human perception in trying to discover these fundamental laws.
Some negatives about the book include that it took too long to really get into the interesting questions. The first third or half of the book is mainly a history of science lesson. Since I already knew most of this stuff, I didn't get anything new out of it. But I suppose it might be a good introduction for someone who doesn't know or has forgotten the progression of science through the centuries. Also, this book does offer an idea of how the universe may have been created out of nothing, but I didn't feel like the idea was very well explained. The final lead-up to the hypothesis of the creation of something out of nothing is hasty, and not well connected to previous explanations.