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Cosmic jackpot : why our universe is just right for life

Author: P C W Davies
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
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Physicist Paul Davies shows how recent scientific discoveries point to a perplexing fact: many basic features of the physical universe--from the speed of light to the most humble carbon atom--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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: P C W Davies
ISBN: 0618592261 9780618592265
OCLC Number: 70775587
Description: xiv, 315 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The big questions --
The universe explained --
How the universe began --
What the universe is made of and how it all holds together --
The lure of complete unification --
Dark forces of the cosmos --
A universe fit for life --
Does a multiverse solve the Goldilocks enigma? --
Intelligent and not-so-intelligent design --
How come existence? --
Afterword: ultimate explanations.
Responsibility: Paul Davies.
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Physicist Paul Davies shows how recent scientific discoveries point to a perplexing fact: many basic features of the physical universe--from the speed of light to the most humble carbon atom--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, from infinite copies of each of us to Matrix-like simulated universes. Davies believes there's a more satisfying solution to the question 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 formation of the universe.--From publisher description.

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