The Whole Shebang : From the prizewinning author who has been called "the greatest science writer in the world" comes this delightfully comprehensive and comprehensible report on how science today envisions the universe as a whole. Timothy Ferris provides a clear, elegantly written overview of current research and a forecast of where cosmological theory is likely to go in the twenty-first century. He explores the questions that have occurred even to casual readers: What does it mean to say the universe is expanding or that space is curved? He sheds light on the possibility that our universe is only one among many universes, each with its own physical laws and prospects for the emergence of life. 393 pages.