You had me at "Knuth, Dykstra, Al-Hazred"! :) Chock full of great "inside" jokes for nerds, but great story! Reminds me a lot of Thursday Next books (in a good way)!
Absolutely horrible! Just goes on and on about man-made this and man-made that! Has absolutely nothing to do with any kind of "science writing" at all! Angry with myself I wasted a credit on it!
If you have any familiarity with recent developments in modern physics, then you will find 99% of this book old news. It covers good material, but only on a very simplistic level (think USA Today). Do yourself favor and get Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (much better "casual reader" version of this material and more) or Brian Greene's "Fabric of the Cosmos" (in-depth coverage, "denser" but well worth it).
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