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Hi my friend,

Could you help me solve this problem?

In this sentenc eIn "The Grand Design," co-authored with US physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant, according to the Times newspaper which published extracts on Thursday..

What does "extracts"mean in this sentence? Does it mean The extracts of the grand design? If it is so, why does this sentence just mention "extracts"? I think this sentence is not clear enought even though it is understandable.

Or maybe there are some grammar rules for this?

Like omission?

thanks
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I will assume that "In this sentenc e" is an editing error, and that the sentence you're asking about is this one:

In "The Grand Design," co-authored with US physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant, according to the Times newspaper which published extracts on Thursday.

The use of "extracts" is fine. It means that the Times published short portions of the book.

The tense combination "says ... made" is awkward.
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Thanks very much!