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Paul Davies

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.

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Astrobiological Implications of Interstellar Material in the Solar System

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.

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Davies is the author of over twenty books

including The Goldilocks Enigma,
How to Build a Time Machine,
The Mind of God, and many more!


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The Demon in the Machine

How Hidden Webs of Information are Solving the Mystery of Life

Oct 2019

The Eerie Silence

Are we alone in the universe?

Jan 2010

The Goldilocks Enigma

Why is the Universe just Right for Life?

Apr 2006

The Fifth Miracle

The search for the origin of life

Mar 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.

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Featured publications

Recent & notable peer-reviewed publications:

'The search for extraterrestrial minds.' The Monthly (1 October 2021). Publication Link

Davies, P.C.W. (2020). Does new physics lurk inside living matter? Physics Today, 73(8), 34. Publication Link

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Acceptance Address by Prof. Paul Davies

Click the link to read Paul Davies acceptance speech for the 1995 Templeton Prize.

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Paul Davies at the National Institute of Standards and Technology: What are the Laws of Physics

Check out this video thread highlighting Paul Davies giving a lecture at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to see what his thought are on the laws of physics!

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Your Brain on AI: From organoids to consciousness

7 p.m. Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
A future where artificial intelligence intersects with human cognition, consciousness, and even life itself. Imagine a world where our brains are enhanced through cognitive advancements, merging organic and digital networks to unlock unprecedented potential. What does this mean for intelligence, human agency and consciousness?

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