In a series of seven beautiful essays, Alan Lightman moves back and forth between science and spiritualism, between ordinary aspects of our daily lives and the wonders of the universe. The essays comprise The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew (Pantheon Books, 2013). In it, Lightman touches on topics such as the multiverse, the anthropic principle, dark energy, time’s arrow, symmetry and the accelerating expansion of the universe. But this book is not just about science. To quote Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom, “Anyone, with or without a scientific background, will be stimulated and inspired by these essays.” No special background is required for this study group: the readings are about big ideas written by a remarkable physicist/humanist.