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Alex Vilenkin on a Cosmic Beginning

Many Worlds in One: The Search for Other Universes (Macmillan: 2007), p. 177.

It is said that an argument is what convinces reasonable men and a proof is what it takes to convince even an unreasonable man. With the proof now in place, cosmologists can no longer hide behind the possibility of a past-eternal universe. There is no escape: they have to face the problem of a cosmic beginning.