I'm sorry you had no response Lilygran. I read your post yesterday but I don't feel I am sufficiently knowledgeable about physics to make much of a contribution. It sounds an interesting book, if I could only get over my fear of physics . (Failed physics O level 3 times but did go on to get a science degree - I thinks there's science and then there's physics!)
I listened and found it absolutely fascinating and well argued. I wondered what had happened to string theory - well not much actually it seems. Just started listening to The Life Scientific - female physicist
I read the brief overview of the book that you signposted, but didn't hear the broadcast. I'm afraid that my incomprehension of the ideas referred to, is as profound as some of those theories seem to be. Or not to be.
What I'd like to know is this, from anyone who has read the book. Could an historian who has read a lot of 'popular science' but has no other scientific background, make sense of it? If so, I'll give it a go.