Stephen Hawking, the most revered scientist since Einstein, is a formidable mathematician and a formidable salesman. “I want my books sold on airport bookstalls,” he has impishly declared, and he’s learned how to put them there.
This is a wonderful poem to all the young by Rudyard Kipling.
September 7, 2010
THE GRAND DESIGN
By Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
Illustrated. 198 pages. Bantam Books/Random House. $28.
by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.
Why is there something instead of nothing?
Why do we exist?
Why does this particular set of laws govern our universe and not some other set?
Roger and I find this very funny, and we wondered whether people of another culture also would think so. The piece itself is a classic of Twentieth Century American humor. James Thurber wrote primarily for the magazine "The New Yorker," which is still published weekly.