Mysterious beginnings

The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin and Meaning of Life.
By Paul Davies. Simon & Schuster, 304 pp. 

What kind of book is Herman Melville's Moby Dick? Is it a book about whaling? In some ways it is—full of empirical information on the subject. Is it a novel about the perennial mystery of evil and its impact on the human spirit? It is that too.

 

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