The real news about “The Grand Design,” however, isn’t Mr. Hawking’s supposed jettisoning of God, information that will surprise no one who has followed his work closely. The real news about “The Grand Design” is how disappointingly tinny and inelegant it is. The spare and earnest voice that Mr. Hawking employed with such appeal in “A Brief History of Time” has been replaced here by one that is alternately condescending, as if he were Mr. Rogers explaining rain clouds to toddlers, and impenetrable.
Meanwhile, over at the Daily Telegraph, Tom Chivers talks about the boom in science books, with physics replacing evolutionary biology as the flavor du jour. He recommends five of them, including Hawking’s. John Gribbin’s In Search of the Multiverse looks interesting.