Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 11, 2007 - Science - 336 pages
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Cosmic Jackpot is Paul Daviesís 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 itís 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 thereís 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 -- arenít just incidental byproducts of nature, but central players in the evolution of the universe.

Whether heís 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.
  

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Review: Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life

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While I do not agree with Mr. Davies on his ultimate conclusion he has expanded my realm of knowledge and opened up new possibilities. He his a fair and impartial writer and a great first step for anyone interested in learning about cosmology. Get this book. Read full review

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The first part of the book is good: it covers, for the uninitiated, quantum theories and the people who developed those theories. The second half of the book is speculation: the author attempts to ... Read full review

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PAUL DAVIES is an internationally acclaimed physicist, cosmologist, and astrobiologist†at Arizona State University.†He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Mind of God, About Time, How to Build a Time Machine, and The Goldilocks Enigma.

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