Cosmic Jackpot

Cosmic Jackpot

Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life

Book - 2007
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Cosmic Jackpot is Paul Davies's eagerly awaited return to cosmology, the successor to his critically acclaimed bestseller The Mind of God. Here he tackles all the "big questions," including the biggest of them all: Why does the universe seem so well adapted for life?

In his characteristically clear and elegant style, Davies shows how recent scientific discoveries point to a perplexing fact: many different aspects of the cosmos, from the properties of the humble carbon atom to the speed of light, seem tailor-made to produce life. A radical new theory says it's because our universe is just one of an infinite number of universes, each one slightly different. Our universe is bio-friendly by accident -- we just happened to win the cosmic jackpot.

While this "multiverse" theory is compelling, it has bizarre implications, such as the existence of infinite copies of each of us and Matrix-like simulated universes. And it still leaves a lot unexplained. Davies believes there's a more satisfying solution to the problem of existence: the observations we make today could help shape the nature of reality in the remote past. If this is true, then life -- and, ultimately, consciousness -- aren't just incidental byproducts of nature,but central players in the evolution of the universe.

Whether he's elucidating dark matter or dark energy, M-theory or the multiverse, Davies brings the leading edge of science into sharp focus, provoking us to think about the cosmos and our place within it in new and thrilling ways.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007
ISBN: 9780618592265
Branch Call Number: ANF 523.12 DAV
ANF 523.12 DAV
Characteristics: xiv, 315 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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mckeett
Jan 07, 2015

A tough read. Sadly, I'm not smart enough to comprehend many of the philosophical arguments he presents. An interesting discussion of Young's double slit experiment in the last chapter.

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naturalist
Jan 19, 2013

“If the universe adds up to zero, you don’t need a god to create it.” Stephen W. Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, b.1942 from: Curiosity : Did God Create the Universe? DVD 523.1 CUR

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sujacart
Apr 18, 2010

this book is so interesting because the author has the courage to go far in voicing possibilities for the future from his knowledge and experience....fantastic.

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