I’m as big a fan of Stephen Hawking as the next geek. I’ve paid homage to his stand against religious bigotry by singing along with his faux DJ avatar to the tune of “Entropy, Yea you know me …”.
However, after A Brief History of Time (BHoT), a book which is likely responsible for inspiring an entire generation of young physicists his forays into popular publishing took a nosedive. The Universe in a Nutshell was a graphic monstrosity that any precocious eighth-grader would laugh at. And from these patently absurd promotional tactics for his latest venture, such as this news article, I have lower expectations for The Grand Design than I did for the second installment in the Matrix series.
Hawking remains, as ever, one of the giants of 20th century physics. My hope is that this new work will redeem his earlier missteps as a popular author, my low expectations notwithstanding.