WHY DOES THE WORLD EXIST?
An Existential Detective Story

JIM HOLT
320pp 2012 LIST PRICE: £20.99 P717

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Whether framed philosophically as ‘Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?’ or more colloquially as ‘But, Mommy, who made God?’, the metaphysical mystery about how we came into existence remains the most fascinating question of all time. The author traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe and, humorously, contends that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God vs the Big Bang. Whether interviewing a cranky Oxford philosopher, a Physics Nobel Laureate or a French Buddhist monk, Holt pursues unexplored and often bizarre angles to this cosmic puzzle.