From the cover of the book:
‘When young children begin to ask ‘why?’ they embark on a journey with no final destination. The need to make sense of the world as a whole is an ultimate curiosity at the root of all human religions. It has, in many cultures, shaped and motivated a more down to earth scientific interest in the physical world, which could therefore be described as penultimate curiosity.
These two manifestations of curiosity have a history of connection going deep into the human past. Tracing that history all the way from cave paintings to quantum physics, this book (a collaboration between and an artist and a scientist) sets out to explain the nature of the long entanglement between religion and science: the ultimate and the penultimate curiosity.’