I'm a science writer and, as a science writer, I am constantly amazed at how much stranger science is than science fiction; how much weirder the Universe we find ourselves in is than anything we could possibly have invented. Here are my "Top 11 Bonkers Things About the Universe":
Find out more in Marcus Chown's latest book, "The Matchbox That Ate A Forty-Ton Truck: What everyday things tell us about the universe" (FSG). Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Marcus is cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine, "New Scientist".
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