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Stephen Hawking's Grand Design 1 Season 2012

Season 1
3.9 out of 5 stars (32) IMDb 8.5/10

Stephen Hawking takes on some of the biggest questions out there: Is there a meaning to our lives? Is there a purpose to our existence? Why does the universe exist and why does it follow rules and laws? This is Hawking's legacy, a profound, beautiful and exciting story that will reveal the ultimate theory of physics.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking

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1. The Meaning of Life

Hawking tackles the question: Is there a meaning to life? Is there a purpose to our existence? Hawking explores this fascinating territory with fearless zeal as he questions the very nature of reality. You'll never look at yourself the same way again.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: June 9, 2012
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2. The Key to the Cosmos

Hawking poses the ultimate of ultimate questions: Why does the universe exist and why does it follow rules and laws? Finding out leads to the very deepest of secrets, to the one principle that's at the heart of everything in the cosmos -- string theory.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: June 9, 2012
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Genres Documentary
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking
Season year 2012
Network Discovery Channel
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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In this episode of Stephen Hawking's Grand Design - The Meaning of Life, renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking searches for the meaning of life - through theoretical physics. Professor Hawking has managed to tackle an immensely complicated subject in a well-organized manner. The show requires your undivided attention and thoughtful thinking. It often strays off the main topic by over-abundance of science and doesn't really answer the question about the meaning of life to my satisfaction, but perhaps it is the best answer there is in science without venturing into the spiritual realm.

**Spoiler Alert** The rest of this review contains a brief description of the show. Some readers may consider it spoiler.

Synopsis: According to Professor Hawking, physics governs everything, so does it human beings. He agrees with the French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes who famously said, "I think, therefore I am." According to the professor, the body and the mind are indeed separate and that the mind is created by the brain - an organ with as many cells as stars in the Milky Way and connections more than the number of galaxies in the known universe. It is remarkable but not surprising that the human brain attains consciousness & becomes self-aware. Professor Hawking tells us about a computer program designed by the British mathematician John Conway called "The Game of Life". It consists of a grid which extends infinitely in all directions. A square within the grid can be alive (lit) or dead (dark). The game is then given a small set of simple rules and switched on. As the game progresses, complex and intricate patterns emerge. Squares and, in turn, groups of squares interact with each other and pop in and out of existence.
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I enjoyed watching this video. Professor Hawking uses his knowledge of Science to take us by the hand into a Journey of enquiry about the purpose of our existence. He quotes the thoughts of great scientists that have asked themselves the same questions.
The video is pleasant to watch and never boring until the very end.
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Stephen Hawking presents his point of view very cogently. It is important for the viewer to read his earlier work to place this new work into perspective, however. His views have changed considerably over time.
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I don't know why but I found this series to be quite boring. I love documentaries and have seen some awesome Hawking ones. This, however, was more of a terrible PBS Nova piece - poorly shot, bad music and very dryly written.
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I've always been a fan of Stephen Hawking, but would often get a bit lost when it came to the technical aspects of his astronomy/physics books. However, this show obviously has to appeal to a much broader audience, and Hawking does an incredible job of educating while keeping things relatively light - and easy to comprehend. I highly recommend this fine show, to all who are interested in the vastness and wonder the cosmos has to offer.
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If you love physics or hate pysics, it doesn't matter. You can't find a more engaging fountain of knowledge than Stephen Hawking. In this series he explains some of the most complex concepts and theories in a straightforward way that is easily undrstood by all ages. Mindblowing!
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These documentaries are splendid with the information, as well as, presenting Stephen Hawking in the light that he deserves as the most noted scientist today. He is, kind of a modern world Albert Instein.
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Stephen Hawking is a man of great intellect, anything he produces is therefore something to think about and not to be taken lightly. I think, though, that I should have read the book although the films do go into quite some detail. I watched this and also I am reading God and Stephen Hawking in the interests of balance, by John C Lennon. Both are works of considerable thought and study, both should be considered.
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