Based on Hawkingâ€™s acclaimed book written with Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design, this special has Hawking arguing that the scientific obsession with a single, unifying theory may be errant thinking â€” and that through a synthesis of existing theories, we may actually discover the key to the deepest mysteries in our universe.
In the first episode, â€śThe Meaning of Life,â€ť Hawking combs through everything from the writings of RenĂ© Decartes to the most current advances in quantum physics to get to the marrow of existence. Do we have free will or are we just complex beings working within the laws of nature? Who are we, and why are we here? Hawking approaches these questions with characteristic intelligence and intrepid zeal, questioning the nature of the reality in which we all live.
Following immediately afterward, the episode â€śThe Theory of Everythingâ€ť explores the biggest of theoretical questions: Why does the universe exist, and why does it follow rules and laws? Why is it so perfectly tuned as to allow life to develop and continue? Examining Newtonâ€™s groundbreaking discovery of gravity, hidden extra dimensions and the multiverse theory that our universe may be just one of billions of others in which anything may be possible, this part of Stephen Hawkingâ€™s Grand Design takes viewers through the wormhole and beyond.
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