At first I thought the book was a rather plodding attempt to get scientific ideas across, but as I read on I found a beautifully balanced account of current ideas in almost every field of science. I have never read a clearer explanation of special relativity. The book is a refreshing chnge from the deliberately obscure writings of Stephen Hawking who seems mainly interested in promoting his own ideas rather than taking a critical look at them. This book redresses the balance. The author neatly avoids the trap of expressing opinions about religion, though I understand that he has religious beliefs. But don't let that put you off.