So, the right laws of physics. They’re beautifully balanced. If the weak force had been a little bit different, then carbon and oxygen wouldn’t be stable inside the hearts of stars, and there would be none of that in the universe. […] It makes me really feel that that civilization, which, as I say, is, if you believe the scientific creation story, has emerged purely as a result of the laws of physics and a few hydrogen atoms. Then I think, to me anyway, it makes me feel incredibly valuable.
—Brian Cox, TED Talks, “What Really Goes on at the Large Hadron Collider”
I absolutely adore this man. He’s just so enthusiastic about science - absolutely caught up in the beauty and wonder of it all. He reminds me of a kid with how excited he gets and I just can’t help but grin watching or listening to him lecturing because that enthusiasm is contagious.