Here is a small, representative sampling of such claims over the past three centuries. These claims are not from science, but they drive science.
Lennox: “Stephen Hawking was a brilliant mathematician and a genius. But he had no idea about philosophy.”
The authors close by quoting Carl Sagan’s famous adage that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Do they offer that kind of evidence?
Tyson ends his summary of cosmic history with a soaring narrative focused on earth. It sounds like the exalted prose of the book of Genesis.
Just for a little while turn off the PBS science narrator in your head. Why should there be beauty? What is it for?