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Our Cosmic Habitat

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Our universe seems strangely biophilic, or hospitable to life. Is this providence or coincidence? According to Martin Rees, the answer depends on the answer to another question, the one posed by Einstein's famous remark: What interests me most is whether God could have made the world differently. This book centres on the fascinating consequences of the answer being yes. Re ...more
Published January 1st 2002 by Orion Publishing Group (first published 2001)
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I picked up this book because I wanted to read Rees' book Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe. Unfortunately the library didn't have it, so I checked this one out instead. I didn't find it all that interesting. I felt like Rees was trying to cover too much in too small a book, and didn't give enough room for some additional explanation.

He does cover a lot of topics if you're looking for a good survey of cosmology/astronomy, but just know he really only skims the surface of
Rory Armstrong
This is by far the best book I've read on the subject of Astrophysics. It's deep enough to give you a great understanding of the various subjects in Astrophysics but not overly technical that it becomes a slog. Martin Rees writes brilliantly in translating these ideas and left feeling like my understanding and knowledge of the Cosmos had improved. A very highly recommended book if your interested in Astrophysics.
H Wesselius
Not overly impressed -- seems to lack some coherent structure. In some ways its not in-depth enough, but works as an introduction.
Bob Nash
i have huge respect for Dr. Martin Rees. this one was a pleasure to read. currently "listening" to Just 6 Numbers, thanks to Audible.
Should have begun reading this a month ago for class. Midterm tomorrow. Um, whoops. Well, it's certainly very interesting so far?
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Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, OM, PRS (born June 23, 1942 in York) is an English cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995, and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge since 2004. He became President of the Royal Society on December 1, 2005.
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“I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms that we can't conceive. And there could, of course, be forms of intelligence beyond human capacity – beyond as much as we are beyond a chimpanzee” 7 likes
“God invented space so that not everything had to happen in Princeton.” 4 likes
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