Recent developments at the frontiers of science are challenging our views about ourselves and the nature of the cosmos as never before. For 3 centuries Western culture and science have been dominated by a materialistic world-view. Now the age of materialism is drawing to a close. In this sweeping survey, acclaimed science writers Paul Davies and John Gribbin examine the revolutionary transformation that is currently overtaking scientific thinking. From the weird world of quantum physics and the theory of relativity to the latest ideas about the birth of the cosmos, they find evidence for a massive paradigm shift. Topics like black holes, cosmic strings, wormholes, solitons and chaos theory challenge common-sense concepts of space, time and matter and demand a radically new world-view. Here is a truly fascinating advance glimpse of 21st century science.