Growing up on the island of Crete, I was fascinated by the vastness of space in the night sky and by questions about the universe. I’m fortunate that I was able to have this experience, as I ultimately realized that we came from the stars. This way of thought shaped my experiences and led me to new opportunities. Now, as Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics, I’ve expanded my work to make close connections between science and spirituality, the nature of reality, and quantum implications for everyday life. Science is today a most powerful, successful and continuously changing human activity. An activity that asks “big questions,” such as, how did the universe start? An activity that also asks questions that may not be “big” but are, nevertheless, very important, questions that affect our everyday lives and well-being.