looking into the "Big Questions" of existence
Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist.
Davies has worked for much of his career in astrophysics and cosmology, with emphasis on the origin and early stages of the universe, the quantum properties of black holes and the nature of time. He is interested in the nature and origin of life – including extraterrestrial life – beyond Earth, and in complex systems generally.
Our Solar System is not isolated. As it slowly orbits the galaxy, its astronomical environment changes and varying external factors can be influential. The history of our planet and its neighbors can be fully understood only in the context of the broader system.
How Hidden Webs of Information are Solving the Mystery of LifeOct 2019
Are we alone in the universe?Jan 2010
Why is the Universe just Right for Life?Apr 2006
The search for the origin of lifeMar 1999
My research spans from physics and cosmology to the origin of life, and the search for extraterrestrial life.
I'm most interested in the proverbial ‘big questions’ of existence—from what happened before the big bang, to whether or not we are alone in the universe.
These twin interests inevitably lead me into areas where physics and biology overlap. In recent years I have become involved in research on the origin of cancer and its deep evolutionary roots, a subject with important implications for therapy.
In the Media
There are few scientists that can be said to have touched the public imagination. Physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is one such scientist.
Our universe is just right for structure such as galaxies, planets and life to form.
"'Let There Be Light': Religion and the Birth of Modern Science," conversation with Jameel Sadik "Jim" Al-Khalili (University of Surrey); Keith Ward (Christ Church, Oxford), with responses from Paul C. W. Davies (ASU); Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (ASU) and moderated by Pauline Davies (ASU).