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Most Helpful Favorable Review

57 out of 76 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 June 29, 2010

    Review of synopsis

    Looking forward to reading the book. However, this gem from the synopsis caught my eye:
    What is the "Grand Design" that made it possible for us to have found a home in the one universe, out of zillions, where human life is possible?
    Is the synopsis writer serious? Perhaps he would also like to pose such deep thoughts as how extraordinarily lucky that desert animals live in deserts while fish live in water, because otherwise they would both die. How lucky that snow happens only in cold areas. How does water know to flow through river beds rather than atop mountains.
    Perhaps the deep thinking should be left to Hawking.

    6 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2010

    Good book, not Hawking's greatest

    I am not a physicist, I can't proclaim that I understood all of the reasoning. For sure we are far away of understanding the grand design today as much as we were a century ago

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Great read for the entry level cosmologist.

    As usual, Stephen Hawking brings one of the most confusing and difficult subjects into focus for the layperson. He touches on just the right amount of history to whet your appetite for more while keeping on you on the subject and on course to the end of the book.

    Although I found it a pleasurable read, it was mostly a quick overview of the last centuries' discoveries in physics and cosmology. The point of the book showing that the universe didn't need an "intelligent designer" is somewhat overblown. And anyway, if someone needs to believe in an intelligent designer, they will, no matter what Stephen says.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

    Design

    Just a thought from a common lay-person. A design must always have a designer.

    3 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

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    The Grand Design To Sell This Book

    Make people think it denies the existence of God. then those who believe will read it to see how wrong it is, and those who don't believe will read it to justify their own theories. But, now that I have the book, I doubt very much that anyone really read it. The pictures are nice but the writing is tougher than my high school science allows. But you are the only ones I will admit that to.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Unknown ---- book has yet to arrive

    Please do not send out multiple e-mails asking for reviews of books that you have yet to ship to the potential reviewers. Clean up that automated software. The paperback version of this book has not even been shipped yet. So how can I review it?

    Fire your software developer. The automated software program does not even check to see if the book has been shipped.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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