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‘Fundamentals’ Review: The Simplicity of Abundance

The book is structured around 10 longstanding questions and addresses each by way of modern physics. Along the way, Frank Wilczek investigates the nature of time and space, the qualities of matter and energy, and the origins and likely endings of cosmic history. Each chapter describes the current state of knowledge, the ways in which the information came to be discovered, and the possible direction of future research. Our understanding of the physical world, he makes clear, is dynamic rather than static: ever shifting and growing. Throughout, Wilczek returns to the theme of abundance. Centuries of scientific investigation, he says, have revealed a universe so vast as to defy our imagination.

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