This is familiar ground, though rarely so comprehensively explored. What makes Rees's book exceptional is his conviction that cosmology is as materialistic and as conceptually simple as any of the earth sciences. Indeed,
cosmology is simpler in one important respect: once the starting point is specified, the outcome is in broad terms predictable. All large patches of the universe that start off the same way end up statistically similar. In contrast, if the Earth's history were re-run, it could end up with a quite different biosphere.
Rees demonstrates how the cosmos is full of "fossils" from which we can deduce how our universe developed as surely as we infer the earth's past from the relics found in sedimentary rocks. Rees's theme is nothing less than the colossal richness of the universe. It is an ambitious book, but if anything, it deserves to be longer. --Simon Ings, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Splendid, very readable and understandable treatment of many arcane principles, from quantum theory to cosmology. The writing is concise, never tedious. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bob
This is simply a wonderfully illustrated book.Cosmology at its finest for the thinking man.Published 2 months ago by jennifer zimmerman
A fantastic book. It is most interesting to learn how our universe exists on such finely tuned parameters. Well written and very accessible.Published 3 months ago by David S.
Am amazed by the reasoning about our universe and its exsistance, made me look at world in a new dimension.Published 6 months ago by PARMEET SINGH
just finished interesting approach to the universe being all just a math problemPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The biggest small book written., if you want to know it all, read this book, over and over again.Published 7 months ago by Carol A Hahn
I bought this book triggered by a reference to it in Simon Singh's "Big Bang". I was quite disappointed in it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. G. Wielink
This book described the fine-tuning of the universe by mainly focusing on 6 numbers which are constants of nature or ratios of constants. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert Veale