Stephen Hawking's Grand Design

The Meaning of Life

Series 1 - Episode 2 The Meaning of Life



There are no questions physics cannot tackle. That is Stephen Hawking’s bold message as he takes on the greatest riddle of all: what is the meaning of life? “You might think this is a philosophical question,” he says. “But I think philosophy is dead.”

Hawking’s leaping intellect and Benedict Cumberbatch’s silky narration guide us through everything from the thought games of Descartes to the latest in quantum physics, to explain our place in the universe.


The former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge explores what the laws of physics can reveal about humanity, reality and the meaning of existence.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Stephen Hawking