Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our story of how the cosmos came to be, through the vel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physi-ological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how it's time to redress the gender im-balance in clinical trials, explores how merging hu-mans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ dors, and finds out whether the universe really is like a computer or if the flow of time is a mere illusion.
Michael Brooks, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is the author of Free Radicals and 13 Things that Don t Make Sense. He is a consultant at New Scientist and has a biweekly column for New Statesman.