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The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow – A few comments part 1

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The local public library in my area is pretty good.  They have a new books shelf and generally have just about every new book on the New York Times best seller list within weeks. 

A couple of weeks ago I saw The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow on the new books shelf.  No one had snatched it so far.  So, I checked it out to take a read.

When this book was released, there was a singular item in the news about this book.  The news item did not focus on the physics of the book but that the book denied that God had anything to do with the creation of the Universe. 

Let me be clear about this.  Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow do not deny that God exists – they just want to say that God was not necessary for the creation of the Universe.  It goes a little beyond this.  The authors want to make the point that it’s not just their opinion that God was not necessary for the creation of the Universe but that this assertion is a product of a series of discoveries by modern physics.

The Mystery of Being and the Rule of Law

The really great thing about this book is not the (superficial) history that you can find in this book or the (superficial) physics that you can find in this book but, for the average reader, how it sets the stage for readers to appreciate the larger issue of the sociology of knowledge and the concept of paradigm shifts over time.

The sociology of knowledge is part of a philosophy of science. The philosophy of science deals with the philosophical foundations of science and part of this is the sociology of knowledge.  One of the foundational works in this discipline was written by Thomas Kuhn in 1962 – The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

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November 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm

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