It’s a beautiful book written by a beautiful mind. Brian was born and brought up in Oldham, hence a true Manchester man! What could be more closer to life. With his knowledge of astronomy and physics he aims to answer some primary questions including where are we in the universe? Are we alone? Who are we? Why are we here? And what is our future? Brain explores all the answers and calls his exploration of answers, the love letter to the universe.
Brian finally concluded
What does this mean? The wonderful thing for me is that nobody knows, because the philosophical and indeed theological consequences of eternal inflation have not been widely debated and discussed. My hope is that in trying to summarise the issues, regrettably briefly and necessarily superficially in the television series and in a little more depth here, these ideas will be accessible to a wider audience and stimulate discussion. This is desirable and necessary, because ideas are the lifeblood of civilisation, and societies assimilate ideas and become comfortable with their implications through understanding and debate. If eternal inflation is the correct description of our universe, it will be the artists, philosophers, theologians, novelists and musicians, alongside the physicists, who explore its meaning. What does it mean if the existence of our universe is inevitable? What does it mean if we are not special in any way? What does it mean if our observable universe, with all its myriad galaxies and possibilities, is a vanishingly small leaf on an every-expanding fractal tree of universes? What does it mean if you are, because you have to be? I can’t tell you. I can only ask – what does it mean to you? For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love. Carl Sagan