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the central question of the book is “Why is there something rather than nothing? and this thought-provoking question lies in the domain between philosophic and scientific cosmology. The author records a quest to answer the question by conducting a series of interviews and questions and adopts the role of a cosmological detective. Some of the people who were interviewed were John Leslie, Derek Parfit, Roger Penrose, Richard Swinburne, etc. Holt also introduces to the reader about the philosophy of mathematics, physics, theology, ontology etc and it is the reason why this book is one among the top 10 books.
What makes this book stand out?
Jim Holt has remarkably portrayed the best book in a manner which allows his readers to give a glimpse into our own lives. It gives the readers a moment to think about the macrocosm and microcosm of life.
Read it for
If the idea of existentialism and the quest for unexplored questions is your food for thought, this book recommendation is perfect for you.
Don't read it for
The book intensively and extensively involves physics, mathematics and existential questions which might not come under the interest of many readers and might not ignite the reader's spirit. The book goes on and on of theoretical assumptions.