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The boisterous variety of ideas being discussed—branes, inflation, etc.—makes clear that the issues are fascinating, but also we’re still a long way from the right answer. We’re at the stage where all possibilities should be explored. It’s worthwhile to consider the consequences of even the most flaky ideas, although the chance of any of them actually panning out in the long run is not very high.

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SIR MARTIN REES is Royal Society Professor at Cambridge University, Fellow of Kings College, and the UK's Astronomer Royal. He was previously Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge, having been elected to this chair at the age of thirty, succeeding Fred Hoyle. He is the author of several books, including Gravity's Fatal Attraction (with Mitchell Begelman); Before the Beginning; Just Six Numbers; and Our Cosmic Habitat.

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