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.
One complaint, the book's size is obnoxiously narrow -- it was very difficult to read this way.
He describes, for each number, what the universe would look like if that value was more or less than the observed one, and the consequences for intelligent life.
Professor Rees has done a remarkable service in this outstanding book by taking mathematical ratios and exploring their implications in nonmathematical ways.
Am amazed by the reasoning about our universe and its exsistance, made me look at world in a new dimension.Published 1 month ago by PARMEET SINGH
just finished interesting approach to the universe being all just a math problemPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The biggest small book written., if you want to know it all, read this book, over and over again.Published 1 month 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 2 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 2 months ago by Robert Veale
good, maybe great, but a bit of an antique in light of the books that have been written since which sythesize greater amounts of information. still a classic.Published 2 months ago by Malcoln_Rodgers
When I started this book, I was worried that it may be too much of a dumbed-down primer to suit me... I am glad that I persisted; this book is a gem. Read morePublished 4 months ago by vic plichota
Keep asking. The anthropic principle.... Makes you scratch your head. The explanations here will cause you to pick at the scab. Great book on the topic!Published 6 months ago by rob0bOy