The Goldilocks Enigma

The Goldilocks Enigma

Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life?

Book - 2008
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The Goldilocks Enigma 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: New York, N.Y. : Mariner Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780547053585
9780713998832
0713998830
Branch Call Number: 523.1 DAV
Characteristics: xiv, 315 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Schaugaard1
Oct 16, 2017

I read this book a few years ago after hearing about it while reading a book by Anthony Flew. If you have heard about Flew this book explains some of the ideas about why he changed his mind. I am now ready to read this book again. The ideas explained in the book are much discussed in scientific circles.

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naturalist
Dec 12, 2012

If things were different, they would not be the same
Paul Davies: twenty-fifth recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, which he received on May 3, 1995
and,
“The latest silly stuff from Paul Davies” from Rationally Speaking December, 2007
http://rationallyspeaking.blogspot.ca/2007/12/latest-silly-stuff-from-paul-davies.html

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