The only problem is that this book is DENSE. My brain hasn't had this much of a workout since Milton. It's apparently intended not so much for layman as for people who are specialists in one but not all of the fields he's touching on. It is very difficult to imagine your average intelligent American understanding what he's talking about -- I only understand it because I Have Smart Friends (tm) who have been attempting to explain some of these things to my sluggish, weak, English-major brain for years -- and that's sad, because what he's talking about, if true (and I love the fact that he himself is constantly pointing out that none of his ideas have been experimentally confirmed), could revolutionize our understanding of life, its origins, and one enormous whopper of a question: is the universe ultimately knowable? Because if his hunches (and he's a true scientist -- he says hunch where anybody else would say theory, and he won't say theory until it gets to the point where most people would say fact) are right, the answer is a resounding "no."
Which is a good thing if you're a scientist, because what his speculations say, if they're right, is that if we explain everything that has ever happened and everything that exists with total perfection. The universe could throw something brand new at us tomorrow.
What could be better than a quest that can never end?