Peter Atkins is right that science can answer the biggest question we can ask. His problem is that he doesn’t like the answer science provides.
Imagine that you are an astronomer on a world with one moon. It is always night on your world, and the moon is the only body in the sky.
Every grain of sand is a link in an essential causal chain.
St. Thomas laid the intellectual groundwork for modern natural science — the absolute distinction between existence and essence.
Nature is like a stack of books, sessile, until moved.