Saturday, September 04, 2010

A Sequel to “A Brief History of Time”

Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow have written a sequel to Hawking's Book, A Brief History of Time(Has it really been 20 years since History was published?)

The new book, entitled The Grand Designpromises to be just as good.

Here is what Dr. Hawking has to say.
In The Grand Design we explain why, according to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence, or history, but rather that every possible history of the universe exists simultaneously. We question the conventional concept of reality, posing instead a "model-dependent" theory of reality. We discuss how the laws of our particular universe are extraordinarily finely tuned so as to allow for our existence, and show why quantum theory predicts the multiverse--the idea that ours is just one of many universes that appeared spontaneously out of nothing, each with different laws of nature. And we assess M-Theory, an explanation of the laws governing the multiverse, and the only viable candidate for a complete "theory of everything." As we promise in our opening chapter, unlike the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life given in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the answer we provide in The Grand Design is not, simply, "42."
I'm looking forward to it.

(And you have to love the reference to Deep Though with "Life, the Universe and Everything!)

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