The Grand Design

‘A Brief History of Time’ by Steven Hawking some years earlier had given me the impression that I am ready to study Physics! I just loved it. Back then it was probably more the simple/attractive language the British cosmologist used rather than the theories themselves that made me enjoy the book. (Now I think that I certainly understood less than I believed at that time…).

This month Hawking and Leornard Mlodinow promise ‘new answers to the ultimate questions of life’. This is the subtitle of their recently published book: The Grand Design (Bantam Press). The authors adopt an approach which they call ‘model-dependent approach’ in order to provide a model of the world, both how and why the universe was created. They suggest that the ‘M-theory’, a series of theories, can provide an answer to the question of creation.

Some articles appeared last week commenting on Hawking’s transition from Agnosticism to Atheism. The reason probably is found in chapter 1 where the authors state: ‘..M-Theory predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing. Their creation does not require the intervention of some supernatural being or god’. (p.8).

I have only read the first chapter , ‘The Mystery of Being’, so there is more discussion and observations to follow. Some points from the first chapter:

  • …philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge…’ (p.5)
  • ‘Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why this particular set of laws and not some other?’

Is that just me or are the above points a bit contradictory? If the quest for knowledge is the ultimate aim of the scientists, then, in what they really differ from the philosophers? In that they use different tools?

P.S. I just realised that I chose to put this post in the Arts category…..By accident? Probably because Hawking makes me perceive Science as Arts…..Or, because the mystery of Cosmos is still concealed both artfully and scientifically… To be continued….


One Response to “The Grand Design”

  1. Ron Krumpos Says:

    In “The Grand Design” Stephen Hawking postulates that the M-theory may be the Holy Grail of physics…the Grand Unified Theory which Einstein had tried to formulate and later abandoned. It expands on quantum mechanics and string theories.

    In my e-book on comparative mysticism is a quote by Albert Einstein: “…most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty – which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all religion.”

    E=mc², Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, is probably the best known scientific equation. I revised it to help better understand the relationship between divine Essence (Spirit), matter (mass/energy: visible/dark) and consciousness (f(x) raised to its greatest power). Unlike the speed of light, which is a constant, there are no exact measurements for consciousness. In this hypothetical formula, basic consciousness may be of insects, to the second power of animals and to the third power the rational mind of humans. The fourth power is suprarational consciousness of mystics, when they intuit the divine essence in perceived matter. This was a convenient analogy, but there cannot be a divine formula.

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