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Quite interesting, but very limited.
on 31 March 2016
This is a well written book, as far as popular science goes. And it concerns a very interesting topic: the nature and history of the universe.
The author is concerned with the problem of the origin of the cosmos, and he asks the question 'what existed prior to the universe?'
Unfortunately, he only goes so far as to say that the question is interesting ... other than that, he limits what he says as he claims that anything that may have existed prior to the Big Bang is beyond the horizon of our universe, and therefore unknowable.
If that's his working premise, the problem of 'before' becomes redundant. If redundant, what's the point in writing a book about 'before the beginning'???
The book is full of conjecture ... it's metaphysics masquerading as science. For instance, the author is interested in the 'multi-verse' ... possible other universes. He admits that such other universes are unknowable, and cannot be proven, but he asserts that they are a scientific problem.
I find myself being sceptical. But science is about scepticism, so that's okay.
However, I would have liked to see some actual discussion on what "might" have existed before the beginning. As it is, the title of this book is highly inaccurate!