The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science & Buddhism Meet by Matthieu Ricard & Trinh Xuan Thuan, from Crown Publishers Inc., ISBN 1400080797. This remarkable dialogue began at an academic conference when Ricard, a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, was introduced to Xuan Thuan, a leading astronomer who was raised as a Buddhist. Their conversation grew into a rich correspondence that explored many fascinating questions: Did the universe have a beginning? Is time an illusion created in our minds? What is consciousness and can it exist apart from physical beings? "Rich and inspiring." - His Holiness the Dalai Lama.