Piet Hein expressed it best in one of his Grooks:
what this whole show
is all about
before it’s out.
That may well express the lifelong motivation of science writer, educator and occasional s/f novelist John Gribbin (site) (wiki), who has drawn me into his explorations of life, the universe and everything for decades, starting (for me) with his 1984 book In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat. More recent (but still not the newest book by this overwhelmingly prolific author!) is his 2010 work, In Search of the Multiverse: Parallel Worlds, Hidden Dimensions, and the Ultimate Quest for the Frontiers of Reality, which is occupying almost my full attention right now. If you have not kept up with cosmology in recent years, this book will make your head spin as it takes you forward, starting with Hugh Everett‘s many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and moving through a dizzying array of concepts, some new, some longstanding, of the nature of the universe (multiverse, megaverse) that have become increasingly respectable in very recent years.
I was fortunate to find this rather expensive book at a local Half Price Books. But on a dollars-spent-per-material-learned basis, it is truly a cheap read! Forgive me if I don’t blog quite as much for a few days while I read this very enlightening work… twice through.