It certainly is a grandiose claim to have banished God. With such a lot at stake, we surely need to ask Hawking to produce evidence to establish his claim. Do his arguments really stand up to close scrutiny? I think we have a right to know. The Grand Design, by eminent scientist Stephen Hawking, is the latest blockbusting contribution to the ´´New Atheist´´ debate and claims that the laws of physics themselves brought the universe into being rather than God. In this swift and forthright reply, John Lennox, Oxford mathematician and author of God´s Undertaker, takes a closer look at Hawking´s logic. In lively, layman´s terms, Lennox guides us through the key points in Hawking´s arguments - with clear explanations of the latest scientific and philosophical methods and theories - and demonstrates that far from disproving a creator God, they make his existence seem all the more probable. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Crockett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114955/bk_acx0_114955_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Grand Design: Leonard Mlodinow/ Stephen Hawking
Autografen, die handschriftlichen Spuren, die ein Mensch hinterlassen hat, sind als unmittelbare Zeitzeugen aussagekräftige biografische Quellen. Grafologen und Psychologen extrahieren allein aus einer Unterschrift mitunter ganze Persönlichkeitsprofile, und auch der Laie schaut gerne mit Neugier und detektivischem Ehrgeiz auf das Schriftbild, bisweilen auch die Klaue (muss ein Genie sein!) prominenter Persönlichkeiten. Der brasilianische Schriftsteller, Verleger und Sammler Pedro Corrêa do Lago hält zwar nicht viel von der Grafologie, sammelt aber Autografen seit seiner Jugend mit einer Besessenheit, die ihm selbst nicht ganz geheuer ist: ´´Eigentlich müsste ich in einer Zwangsjacke stecken!´´ Im Laufe eines knappen halben Jahrhunderts hat er eine Sammlung zusammengetragen, die alle Dimensionen sprengt - sie umfasst rund 100.000 Dokumente: Briefe, Notizen, Tagebuchseiten, signierte Fotografien, Partituren, Manuskripte, Widmungsexemplare und andere handschriftliche Zeugnisse, von einem mittelalterlichen Pergament, das vier Päpste unterzeichneten, bis zu einer Buchwidmung inklusive Daumenabdruck von Stephen Hawking aus dem Jahre 2006. Die für diesen Band ausgewählten 140 Dokumente aus fast 900 Jahren stammen von Menschen aus Politik, Literatur, Kunst, Philosophie, Film, Musik und Wissenschaft, die ihren Platz im Who´s Who der Geschichte behauptet haben und nicht im Meer des Vergessens untergegangen sind: Briefe von Lucrezia Borgia, Vincent van Gogh, Franz Kafka und Emily Dickinson, kommentierte Skizzen von Michelangelo, Jean Cocteau, Henri Matisse und Jackson Pollock, signierte Fotografien von Oscar Wilde, Rasputin, Emiliano Zapata, Sun Yat-sen, Josephine Baker und Allen Ginsberg, Handschriften von Giacomo Puccini, Jorge Luis Borges und Marcel Proust und viele Zeitzeugnisse mehr, darunter auch ein signierter Handabdruck von Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.Zauber der Schrift bietet spannende, manchmal anrührende und mitunter verblüffende Einblicke in das Tun und Treiben prominenter Persönlichkeiten der westlichen Kultur und öffnet über den persönlichen Schriftzug im Idealfall einen Zugang zu einer privaten, intimen Welt, die uns sonst verborgen bliebe.
From the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Stephen Hawking, the genius physicist and author. When Stephen Hawking was a little boy, he used to stare up at the stars and wonder about the universe. Although he was never top of the class, his curiosity took him to the best universities in England: Oxford and Cambridge. It also led him to make one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 20th century: Hawking radiation. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back , including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the brilliant physicist´s life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people , from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats . The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 of a benevolent creator who set things in motion-or does science offer another explanation? In this startling and lavishly illustrated book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about these and other abiding mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by brilliance and simplicity. According to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence or history. The authors explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the early universe, and show how 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. They conclude with a riveting assessment of M-theory, an explanation of the laws governing our universe that is currently the only viable candidate for a ´´theory of everything´´: the unified theory that Einstein was looking for, which, if confirmed, would represent the ultimate triumph of human reason.
THE FIRST MAJOR WORK IN NEARLY A DECADE BY ONE OF THE WORLD´S GREAT THINKERS-A MARVELOUSLY CONCISE BOOK WITH NEW ANSWERS TO THE ULTIMATE QUESTIONS OF LIFE When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the nature of reality? Why are the laws of nature so finely tuned as to allow for the existence of beings like ourselves? And, finally, is the apparent ´´grand design´´ of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion-or does science offer another explanation? The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet-if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity. In The Grand Design they explain that 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. When applied to the universe as a whole, this idea calls into question the very notion of cause and effect. But the ´´top-down´´ approach to cosmology that Hawking and Mlodinow describe would say that the fact that the past takes no definite form means that we create history by observing it, rather than that history creates us. The authors further explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very early universe, and show how 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. Along the way Hawking and Mlodinow question the conventional concept of reality, posing a ´´model-dependent´´ theory of reality as the best we can hope to find. And they conclude with a riveting assessment of M-theory, an explanation of the laws governing us and our universe that is currently the only viable candidate for a complete ´´theory of everything.´´ If confirmed, they write, it will be the unified theory that Einstein was looking for, and the ultimate triumph of human reason. 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.
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? 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. It is a book that will inform - and provoke - like no other.