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In the last 30 years of his life, Albert Einstein searched for a unified theory - a theory which could describe all the forces of nature in a single framework. But the time was not right for such a discovery in Einstein's day.
Neither was the time right when, in 1988, Professor Stephen Hawking wrote A Brief History of Time, in which he took us on a journey through classical physics, Einstein's theory of relativity, quantum physics and string theory in order to explain the universe that we live in. He concluded, like Einstein, that science may soon arrive at the long sought after 'Theory of Everything'.
In this groundbreaking new work, Professor Hawking and renowned science writer Leonard Mlodinow have drawn on 40 years of Hawking's own research and a recent series of extraordinary astronomical observations and theoretical breakthroughs to reveal an original and controversial theory. They convincingly argue that scientific obsession with formulating a single new model may be misplaced, and that by synthesising existing theories we may discover the key to finally understanding the universe's deepest mysteries.
Written with the clarity and lively style for which Hawking is famous, The Grand Design is an account of Hawking's quest to fuse these different strands of scientific theory. It examines the differences between past and future, explains the nature of reality and asks an all-important question: How far can we go in our search for understanding and knowledge?
©2010 Stephen W Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow (P)2010 Random House AudioBooks
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By Ian on 09-17-12

The Modern View of Cosmology

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitly recommend this book to anybody who needs a concise view of the current understanding of the origin of the universe, space and time.

What did you like best about this story?

The explanation of quantum physics was understandable and fun.

What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

The reader did a great job of clearly presenting the material covered in this book.

Any additional comments?

If you wish to know about multiverses this is a good starting point.

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By Tim on 09-19-12

Great book, but...

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator seemed not to have a feel for the subject. His emphases were the same in every sentence and thus his delivery was worse than boring, it was distracting in its implacable pacing. Tried to listen to this a second time but couldn't finish it.

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By Frank on 10-04-10

Fantastic, thought provoking book

This is one of the most interesting a thought provoking books I have ever read. Some of the concepts are so mind blowing I had to listen twice to even begin to understand. The books gives a very readable overview of the current thinking on the theory of 'life, the universe and everything'.

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By Athula on 10-07-10

The Grand Design a great book but read badly!

This is an excellent book, but the audio version read by Steve West is a let down. The publishers should know better (by now), in compiling audio books, just reading very fast (so that it can finish quickly -- why is the hurry) does not work well. Steve West's reading is like a running train (each compartment (i.e. sentence) seem to wobble in between and raises and plonk with the next. As the concepts described in the book needs understanding (i.e. putting together in mind analytically with the previously assimilated hard facts). So the running train with um-ha-ha would not help. I strongly suggest to buy the printed version of the book instead of this audio version.

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By Josh on 08-08-16

Comprehensive knowledge required but worth it

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am no physics professor nor typical student however I have invested a substantial amount of time reading up on our universe, classical physics and quantum physics.

Still at times I realised that there is much more to learn and I would one day like to re-listen to this book after having read up specifically about a few more of the theories mentioned within.

Regardless it was still for me a good insight into where we are heading in our understanding of the universe and its workings. Worth a read definitely considering it is quite short.

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