This is a transcript of the speech made by Martin Rees at a news conference on Wednesday at which it was announced that he had won the Templeton Prize• Martin Rees wins controversial £1m Templeton prize• Read a transcript of Ian Sample's interview with Rees'Big questions' are central to the Templeton Foundation's agenda. None are bigger than those posed by cosmology: How large is physical reality? What is the role of life in the cosmos? How did our complex cosmos emerge, giving rise to conscious beings able to ponder the wonder and mystery of their existence? I'm privileged to have spent much of my life engaging with these issues, mainly based in Cambridge where I've benefited from collaboration and discussion with many mentors, colleagues and students. Moreover, this has been a time when (owing to technical advances) our knowledge and understanding has enlarged at an...
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