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This review is from: The Universe: A Biography (Paperback)
The best thing about this book is that Gribbin takes pain to explain that when scientists (sometimes) say they "know" they mean that this is what they believe to be given very compelling evidence. Grist to creationists but I'd rather have honest theorising than unsubstantiated superstition. The worst aspect of this book is that it accelerates at such supersonic speed that I now have to go find a basic introduction but maybe that's a good thing. The book looks like it's pitched at the neophyte but you need a strong constitution and will have to suspend everything you know about how the world works to follow. A universe with 11 dimensions. Multiple universes parallel to each other or passing through each other without anyone being the wiser. Supersymmetry. String theory. Bosons. Baryons. Gravitino. Things that may not exist or we can't test but we should assume they are there because that's the only way the mathematical models work. All over my head but I still couldn't put this book down. Get me the aspirin.