Despite Singh's littering of the text with pop culture references and gossipy anecdotes about the sex lives of scientists, the incredible fact that mankind has had the arrogance and the brilliance to measure the universe, and almost to understand it, comes through loud and clear.
I now know roughly how old the universe is, the approximate dimensions of our galaxy, and the distance of others; I know that our universe is not eternal, but came into existence.
What I don't know is how. Shall I have to turn to philosophy for an explanation? Or even religion? Scientists seem reluctant to speculate, uncomfortable at the very prospect that they might prove the existence of God.