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The Grand Design

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

57 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

My thoughts pre-read

I realize that most theists will try to debunk this as much as they can before ever actually ever reading this book but I want to make a few things clear before they start.

I don't think this book will claim there is no chance at god at all, it will simply debunk th...
I realize that most theists will try to debunk this as much as they can before ever actually ever reading this book but I want to make a few things clear before they start.

I don't think this book will claim there is no chance at god at all, it will simply debunk the argument that "something" had to create the universe, and that something must be God. He will simply be arguing, no, actually what we know now in science (or at least what we think) shows that you don't need a god to start the big bang or to explain anything else that would require God's existence.

I think his argument will simply be not that there is no god, for there could be one even if it wasn't required we have one, rather he will be making the case that god isn't needed to explain the universe.

posted by CoryLuLu on September 3, 2010

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10 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Regurgitated Science, Anti-religious Rantings

To pick up a book by Stephen Hawkings, a reader probably already has an interest in science, and in the universe in particular. For someone like me, a high school physics and math teacher and a student of space science my entire life, I found this book to merely repeat ...
To pick up a book by Stephen Hawkings, a reader probably already has an interest in science, and in the universe in particular. For someone like me, a high school physics and math teacher and a student of space science my entire life, I found this book to merely repeat much of the material on a "Theory of Everything" that I have read elsewhere. Unlike other books I have read, I felt like, for the derogatory "general" reader to which this book refers as its audience, it does a paultry job of explaning the theories on which the authors' new assertion are based. I was even more disappointed to discover that the only new material I read in this book constituted only 10 out of a 180 pages (and I feel I am being generous in giving the authors that many). In those 10 pages, much of what the authors discussed I have read in Scientific American articles.

The authors also spend an inordinate amount of time bashing religion. This is unnecessary in a science book and degrades from the validity of the authors' message. If the science is good, it will address the religious asssertions without wasting ink- for the mere 180 pages in this book, I would have preferred more science and less atheist propaganda.

SAVE YOURSELF SOME TIME: BUY THE SEPTEMBER 2010 ISSUE OF SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN AND READ THE AUTHORS' ASSERTIONS. Unless you're a science teacher who could use some of the additional illustrations in class, the book isn't worth the money. A better book for pictures is Hawking's "The Illustrated Universe in a Nutshell."

posted by Kel14 on January 15, 2011

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Regurgitated Science, Anti-religious Rantings

    To pick up a book by Stephen Hawkings, a reader probably already has an interest in science, and in the universe in particular. For someone like me, a high school physics and math teacher and a student of space science my entire life, I found this book to merely repeat much of the material on a "Theory of Everything" that I have read elsewhere. Unlike other books I have read, I felt like, for the derogatory "general" reader to which this book refers as its audience, it does a paultry job of explaning the theories on which the authors' new assertion are based. I was even more disappointed to discover that the only new material I read in this book constituted only 10 out of a 180 pages (and I feel I am being generous in giving the authors that many). In those 10 pages, much of what the authors discussed I have read in Scientific American articles.

    The authors also spend an inordinate amount of time bashing religion. This is unnecessary in a science book and degrades from the validity of the authors' message. If the science is good, it will address the religious asssertions without wasting ink- for the mere 180 pages in this book, I would have preferred more science and less atheist propaganda.

    SAVE YOURSELF SOME TIME: BUY THE SEPTEMBER 2010 ISSUE OF SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN AND READ THE AUTHORS' ASSERTIONS. Unless you're a science teacher who could use some of the additional illustrations in class, the book isn't worth the money. A better book for pictures is Hawking's "The Illustrated Universe in a Nutshell."

    10 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

    Great book but not on the Nook

    The diagrams and illustrations in this book are unreadable on the Nook, even with type increased to extra large. This inhibits our understanding of the complex principles explained and detracts from the beauty of the book. I don't know if this is inherent in the Nook format or just a problem with this book, but this is one to purchase on paper.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

    crap

    I don't know if the book is good or not. Barnes and Noble downloads only part of it. 115 of 208 pages. nook is a rip-off

    4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Poor Quality Hardcover

    The Grand Design was the poorest quality hardcover book I have ever purchased. As soon as I began to look at the book the binding came apart. I'm returning the hardcover and waiting for the paperback edition to come out to see if it's made any better.

    4 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Avoid

    A retread of ideas covered much better and more entertaining in his other books. Library card stuff if you just gotta read it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Too atheistic

    I know that most theoretical physicists are either an atheist or an agnostic. God is real bro. There is no crap theory that can explain the universe. In other words, read the bible and get a life

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Dont waste your time or money

    I am a huge Hawking fan so it pains me to say this but this book reminds me of a high school term paper thrown together after midnight before having to turn it in the next morning- VERY SHALLOW even for the general audience. It just has the feel of a superficial rush job. It just skates over important concepts that deserve to be treated with respect. And it just ends abruptly after 107 pages. If I hadn't suddenly run into the glossary at the end I wouldn't have known I was near the end. Sorry DR.s Try again

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    NOT

    A pervert extreme!

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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