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Lead book review

A radical new theory about the origin of the universe may help explain our existence

Alexander Masters examines the top down cosmology proposed by Stephen Hawking and Thomas Hertog

4 March 2023

9:00 AM

4 March 2023

9:00 AM

On the Origin of Time: My Journey with Stephen Hawking into the Big Bang Thomas Hertog

Bantam, pp.304, 20

The deeper you get into physics, the simpler it becomes. The starting point of this wonderful book about Stephen Hawking’s ‘biggest legacy’ (which no one outside of physics has heard of) is the problem of our insignificance. Make a change in almost any of the slippery, basic physical properties of the universe and we’re toast – life would not be possible.

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