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Einstein and God share the spoils in this issue. As Prospect’s contribution to the world year of physics (2005 marks the 100th anniversary of the special theory of relativity) we offer Michio Kaku’s intriguing story of how humanity might save itself from oblivion when our universe freezes, by slipping into a parallel one. Kaku’s quasi-science-fiction account serves as a useful bluffer’s guide to some of the more bizarre developments in cosmology since the death of Einstein 50 years ago.

God gets plenty of attention too—not all of it welcome. Michael Prowse rehearses Emile Durkheim’s sociological theory of religion, Bartle Bull…

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