Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The big questions

Tim Adams sets out to understand and compare new books by scientist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), cosmologist Paul Davies (The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life), and playwright Michael Frayn (The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of a Universe). But it's Douglas Adams who sums it up best:
There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
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