Martin Bojowald


On his book Once Before Time: A Whole Story of the Universe

Cover Interview of March 08, 2011


In a larger context—if there could possibly be a larger context than the history of the whole universe—Once Before Time illustrates the process of science.  It reveals the progress science has made at its essence.

However, this very context highlights the limits of science as well.  Some recent dreams have been shattered; a closer view of the scientific events often provides humbling lessons.

I don’t mean to condone any alternatives to science—for there is no alternative to understanding the world.  But these arguments show that science, even at its greatest success, cannot supersede all other methods of human inquiry.

Once Before Time describes what has been proposed toward a “theory of everything,” the grand attempt to uncover laws that govern everything in the universe, from the largest to the smallest bits.

Modern physics has ventured to unbelievable extremes.  Skillful application of mathematics now seems the only reliable tool for understanding the universe’s underlying structures: the fundamental nature of matter and the behavior of entire galaxies. As a final consequence, what was previously considered impossible, knowing anything that happened before the big bang, becomes feasible.

Mathematical theory creates a bridge between the atomic, elementary world and the behaviors of the entire universe, with us humans lost somewhere in between.  And yet, human nature continues to play a role behind the scenes.

© 2011 Martin Bojowald