In the '80s, you were really no one unless you read Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time."
Not that it was an easy read. The most efficient option for getting a handle on it, I found, was to ask someone what was in it. As I understood it then, Hawking believed that there might somewhere, out there, be a God. You know, one of those all-powerful beings that we can never hope to quite understand.
In a new book called "The Grand Design", however, co-written with Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking seems to explicitly reject the … Read more