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  • Published: 1 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780553819229
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99
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The Grand Design




New answers to the ultimate questions of life from the world's most famous living scientist.

When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? What is the nature of reality? 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.

The Grand Design explains the latest thoughts about model-dependent realism (the idea that there is no one version of reality), and about the multiverse concept of reality in which there are many universes. There are new ideas about the top-down theory of cosmology (the idea that there is no one history of the universe, but that every possible history exists). It concludes with a riveting assessment of m-theory, and discusses whether it is the unified theory Einstein spent a lifetime searching for.

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.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780553819229
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was a brilliant theoretical physicist and is generally considered to have been one of the world's greatest thinkers. He held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and is the author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. His other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Grand Design, and Black Holes: The BBC Reith Lectures.
He died on 14 March, 2018.

Leonard Mlodinow

Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 50 books, both non-fiction and fiction. They have been translated into more than 35 languages and include the huge international bestseller Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. His website address is: www.deepakchopra.com

Professor Leonard Mlodinow received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He teaches at Caltech.


Praise for The Grand Design

“This is mind-blowing stuff”

Sunday Times

“...This book is indubitably elegant, filling you in on the current modus operandi of physicists and the intricacies of M-theory while explaining the kind of questions you may have forgotten in your daily grind.”

Heather Catchpole, Cosmos Magazine


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