Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe Rees, Martin May 8, 2001

This is familiar ground, though rarely so comprehensively explored. What makes Rees’s book exceptional is his conviction that cosmology is as materialistic and as conceptually simple as any of the earth sciences. Indeed, cosmology is simpler in one important respect: once the starting point is specified, the outcome is in broad terms predictable. All large patches of the universe that start off the same way end up statistically similar. In contrast, if the Earth’s history were re-run, it could end up with a quite different biosphere.

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