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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, 23 Feb 2009
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i like martin rees' style of writing. he is concise and informative, tells a good story and is witty into the bargain. his speculative ideas are exceptionally well thought out and persuasive.

this book tells the history of the cosmos, as far as science can hypothesise, from the moments even before its existence, through the "big bang" event, hyperinflation and continues to explain where we are presently, approximately 14 billion years later. along the way we are treated to the theories of how the various elements may have formed (nucleogenesis, as rees calls it), how life might have arisen, how lifeforms from other parts of the universe might attempt to communicate with us (i smugly presume the prime sequence on page 24 is a typo since it goes 1, 3, 5, 7, 11 ...), and how the numbers highly speculative and intriguing numbers omega and lambda might influence how the universe might continue or end. we can be sure that it will peter out to nothingness, dissolving into an ever-diluting wash of radiation; stay constant, i.e. continually expanding, or bounce back into a so-called "big crunch", possibly resulting in a new creation event, another "big bang"). i can't wait to find out.

i loved this book and have read it three times and will definitely read it again. a five-star book!
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Initial post: 22 Mar 2014 12:25:48 GMT
Dave Shortt says:
on the prime sequence: 9 is not a prime since it can be divided by another number besides itself and 2, namely, 3

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2014 13:38:27 GMT
The typo is the 1, and should be 2, but hey
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