Time magazine (20 Sep 2010) recently recommended Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow new book titled: The Grand Design:
In Hawking’s new book, the authors bring to the field an anecdotal clarity that is something of a first for this genre. You will be humbled by the comparison of goldfish gazing out of a bowl and humans gazing out at the cosmos, but you may also understand for the first time why different realities can be governed by predictable physics.
Making science like this interesting is not all that hard; making it accessible is the real trick, one that The Grand Design pulls off.
Hawking’s book, however, is making publicity in the popular press by explaining the “creation of the universe minus God.” According to Dan Vergano of USA Today (6 Sep 2010):
Describing the creator as “not necessary” in his latest book is just another day at the office for Stephen Hawking, better known as “one of the foremost theoritical physicists of this century” in the words of the Oxford Dictionary of Scientists.
The authors also “lay down their views on intelligent design (bad), string theory (good) and philosophy (dead)”:
“We’re not saying there is no God, we’re saying there is no need for God to explain the universe,” says Mlodinow.