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What's Eating the Universe?:

and Other Cosmic Questions

Published Aug 2021

In the constellation of Eridanus lurks a cosmic mystery. It appears as if something has taken a huge bite out of the universe, leaving a super-void. What is the culprit? A supermassive black hole? Another, bigger universe? Or an expanding vacuum bubble, destined to envelop and annihilate everything in existence?

In this romp across the cosmic frontier, I explain what we know about how the cosmos works, and explore the tantalizing - and sometimes terrifying - possibilities that lie before us. What happened before the big bang? Are we alone in the universe? And, can black holes remember what they ate? I also tackle some deep philosophical questions: why does the universe exist in the first place? Why are the laws of nature what they are? And, how did a system of mindless, purposeless particles managed to bring forth conscious, thinking beings?