Friday, September 3, 2010

The Grand Design

By Stephen Hawking, following his best-sellers A Brief History of Time and the lesser-known but equally great The Universe in a Nutshell (of what I’ve currently read). In A Brief History of Time he wrote, “If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason — for then we should know the mind of God.” But this time -

“Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing,” the professor said in his new book. “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”

Just think about it. If his statement is true, the beliefs of billions of people for many a millennia will turn out to be nothing but heresy. just an illusion and false faith. And if we discover the Grand Unified Theory as described by him, there will no more be any future – as we can just calculate the future based on our theory – whether the Universe in going to end in 2012, whether there will be a Big Crunch, whether the Universe will just keep on expanding and our lives will just repeat and repeat in a infinite loop.  Of course, these are all just speculations, and I don’t think we’re anywhere near to a Grand Unified Theory when we can’t even predict tomorrow’s 6.58 jackpot or the stock market’s performance. For now, we can only analyse past data and records, find a trend, pattern, style, theory or whatever and find your sparkling new idea crushed to oblivion the next day.

A small introduction to this book by Hawking -
In The Grand Design we explain why, 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. We question the conventional concept of reality, posing instead a “model-dependent” theory of reality. We discuss how the laws of our particular universe are extraordinarily finely tuned so as to allow for our existence, and show why 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. And we assess M-Theory, an explanation of the laws governing the multiverse, and the only viable candidate for a complete “theory of everything.” As we promise in our opening chapter, unlike the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life given in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the answer we provide in The Grand Design is not, simply, “42.”

I’m not being atheist, nor am I deriding Hawking (Hey I’m a Physics student and which Physics fan doesn’t love him), I’m just ranting with excitement, joining in with great anticipation the greatest debate in the history of mankind.

3 comments:

  1. Ah, I see you're doing some fine reading there. Wait a sec, have you finished reading the book? Anyhow, good good, continue reading on and do further research regarding this topic based on scientific facts and various religious beliefs, I await to read more on this from your own perspectives and viewpoints or even speculations you may come up with.
    Cheers! ;)

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  2. Ah, did I mention that I was 'expecting' the Grand Design to be a good read? It haven't even went on sale at my place yet! :D

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  3. sorry, I got selective reading syndrome, I just read the title and assume that you've read it! :p

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