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Who will have the last word on the universe?

By Dennis Overbye

04 May 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

What would the last thought in the universe be, and who would have it? The NYT explores the cosmic implications of a universe where life is doomed, and how it affects our understanding of existence.

The End is coming, in maybe 100 billion years. Is it too soon to start freaking out?

“There will be a last sentient being, there will be a last thought,” declared Janna Levin, a cosmologist at Barnard College, near the end of “A Trip to Infinity,” a new Netflix documentary directed by Jonathan Halperin and Drew Takahashi.

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