The Goldilocks Enigma

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2008-04-29
  • Publisher: Mariner Books

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In the successor to his provocative bestseller "The Mind of God", the cosmologist Paul Davies tackles another big question: Why does the universe seem so well suited for life?Many aspects of the cosmos, from the properties of the humble carbon atom to the speed of light, seem tailor-made for biology. Why? One radical explanation is the "multiverse theory," which sounds like it came straight from a science fiction plot. It posits that our universe is just one of an infinite number of universes-each slightly different-and is biofriendly by accident. If certain factors were different, it would no longer be "just right."In "The Goldilocks Enigma" Davies ponders this and other seemingly bizarre answers to the grand question of existence. He offers lucid descriptions of the science behind these theories and delights in their philosophical implications. Once again, Davies invites us to think about the cosmos and our place within it in new and thrilling ways.

Author Biography

PAUL DAVIES is an internationally acclaimed physicist and cosmologist now at Arizona State University, where he is setting up a pioneering center for the “study of life, the universe, and everything.” In addition to his many scientific awards, he is the recipient of the 1995 Templeton Prize—the world’s largest annual prize—for his work on science and religion. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Mind of God, About Time, The Origin of Life, and How to Build a Time Machine. He also chairs the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence postdetection committee, so that if SETI succeeds in finding intelligent life, he will be among the first to know.
The asteroid 1992OG was officially renamed Pauldavies in his honor. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
A Note on Numbersp. xv
The Big Questionsp. 1
The Universe Explainedp. 18
How the Universe Beganp. 49
What the Universe Is Made of and How It All Holds Togetherp. 85
The Lure of Complete Unificationp. 103
Dark Forces of the Cosmosp. 116
A Universe Fit for Lifep. 129
Does a Multiverse Solve the Goldilocks Enigma?p. 151
Intelligent and Not-So-Intelligent Designp. 191
How Come Existence?p. 222
Afterword: Ultimate Explanationsp. 261
Notesp. 273
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 297
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