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The Grand Design

  • 作者 Stephen(史蒂芬·霍金)、Leonard Mlodinow(伦纳德·曼罗迪诺) 著
  • 出版社 Bantam
  • 出版时间 2010年9月
  • ISBN 9780553805376
  • 定价 209.30

内容简介

Thefirstmajorworkinnearlyadecadebyoneoftheworld'sgreatthinkers—amarvelouslyconcisebookwithnewanswerstotheultimatequestionsoflife:Whenandhowdidtheuniversebegin?Whyarewehere?Whyistheresomethingratherthannothing?Whatisthenatureofreality?Whyarethelawsofnaturesofinelytunedastoallowfortheexistenceofbeingslikeourselves?And,finally,istheapparent"granddesign"ofouruniverseevidenceofabenevolentcreatorwhosetthingsinmotion—ordoesscienceofferanotherexplanation?Themostfundamentalquestionsabouttheoriginsoftheuniverseandoflifeitself,oncetheprovinceofphilosophy,nowoccupytheterritorywherescientists,philosophers,andtheologiansmeet—ifonlytodisagree.Intheirnewbook,StephenHawkingandLeonardMlodinowpresentthemostrecentscientificthinkingaboutthemysteriesoftheuniverse,innontechnicallanguagemarkedbybothbrillianceandsimplicity.InTheGrandDesigntheyexplainthataccordingtoquantumtheory,thecosmosdoesnothavejustasingleexistenceorhistory,butratherthateverypossiblehistoryoftheuniverseexistssimultaneously.Whenappliedtotheuniverseasawhole,thisideacallsintoquestiontheverynotionofcauseandeffect.Butthe"top-down"approachtocosmologythatHawkingandMlodinowdescribewouldsaythatthefactthatthepasttakesnodefiniteformmeansthatwecreatehistorybyobservingit,ratherthanthathistorycreatesus.Theauthorsfurtherexplainthatweourselvesaretheproductofquantumfluctuationsintheveryearlyuniverse,andshowhowquantumtheorypredictsthe"multiverse"—theideathatoursisjustoneofmanyuniversesthatappearedspontaneouslyoutofnothing,eachwithdifferentlawsofnature.AlongthewayHawkingandMlodinowquestiontheconventionalconceptofreality,posinga"model-dependent"theoryofrealityasthebestwecanhopetofind.AndtheyconcludewitharivetingassessmentofM-theory,anexplanationofthelawsgoverningusandouruniversethatiscurrentlytheonlyviablecandidateforacomplete"theoryofeverything."Ifconfirmed,theywrite,itwillbetheunifiedtheorythatEinsteinwaslookingfor,andtheultimatetriumphofhumanreason.Asuccinct,startling,andlavishlyillustratedguidetodiscoveriesthatarealteringourunderstandingandthreateningsomeofourmostcherishedbeliefsystems,TheGrandDesignisabookthatwillinform—andprovoke—likenoother.

作者简介

StephenHawking'sabilitytomakescienceunderstandableandcompellingtoalayaudiencewasestablishedwiththepublicationofhisfirstbook,ABriefHistoryofTime,whichhassoldnearly10millioncopiesin40languages.Hawkinghasauthoredorparticipatedinthecreationofnumerousotherpopularsciencebooks,includingTheUniverseinaNutshell,ABrieferHistoryofTime,OntheShouldersofGiants,TheIllustratedOntheShouldersofGiants,andGeorge'sSecretKeytotheUniverse.LeonardMlodinowwasborninChicago,Illinois,toimmigrantJewishparentswhowereholocaustsurvivors.HereceivedhisPhDintheoreticalphysicsfromtheUniversityofCaliforniaatBerkeley,andisnowatCaltech.HisbookTheDrunkard'sWalk:HowRandomnessRulesourLiveswasaNewYorkTimesBestseller,Editor'sChoice,andNotableBookoftheYear,andwasshort-listedfortheRoyalSocietybookaward.Hisotherbooksincludetwoco-authoredwithphysicistStephenHawking--ABrieferHistoryofTime,andTheGrandDesign.Inadditiontohisbooksandresearcharticles,hehaswrittenfortheWallStreetJournal,theNewYorkTimes,andForbesmagazine,amongotherpublications,andfortelevisionseriessuchasMcGyverandStarTrek:theNextGeneration.

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