to “technologically challenged.”
You will be amused to know that humans believe they are close to discovering the final theory of the universe. I envy their youthful enthusiasm … On certain issues they have come close to the right answers—surprisingly, I would say, for a primitive civilization such as this. In other matters, though, they are pretty far behind. They have not even figured out the right questions.
Overall, this race is still rather immature. I recommend against inclusion in the Galactic Union at this time. Further details will be forthcoming in my regular report.
My friends and colleagues, whose opinion is very important to me, read the manuscript and kindly offered their critique and suggestions. Alan Guth, Steven Weinberg, and Jaume Garriga gave me their advice and very useful comments about parts of the book. Paul Shellard and Ken Olum provided extensive feedback on the entire text, and straightened me out on some important details of science. I am deeply grateful to all of them.
Special thanks to Delia Schwartz-Perlov, who turned my sketches into wonderful illustrations, refined some of my cartoons, and suggested many improvements in the text. I also benefited from stimulating correspondence with Frank McCormick and Max Tegmark.
Thanks to my editor, Joseph Wisnovsky, for his enthusiasm for the project and guidance throughout the production of this book. Many thanks to Vitaly Vanchurin, who was always ready to help whenever I ran into trouble with my computer, to Marco Cavaglia and Xavier Siemens for historical references, and to Susan Mader for her assistance with photographs. I also owe a debt of gratitude to Susan Rabiner for her vital advice at the early stages of this work.
Closer to home, my thanks go to Joshua Knobe and my daughter, Alina, for their useful suggestions, enthusiasm, and support, and to my wife, Inna, who served as editor, critic, and trusted advisor.
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Alfonso the Wise, King of Castile
cosmological constant and
predictions drawn from
string theory and
impact of heat on
see also atomic nuclei
Babson, Roger W.
bacteria, reproduction of
Barcelona, University of
Bell Telephone Laboratories
cosmic radiation and
elements formed in
and Friedman’s solutions to Einstein’s equations
inflationary universe and
repulsive gravity and
theological response to
British Columbia, University of
Brussels, Free University of
Bush, George W.
California, University of
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research)
charge, conservation of
Chicago, University of
COBE satellite, see Cosmic