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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What's Eating the Universe?

and Other Cosmic Questions

In the constellation of Eridanus lurks a cosmic mystery. It appears as if something has taken a huge bite out of the universe, leaving a super-void. What is the culprit? A supermassive black hole? Another, bigger universe?

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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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In the Media


Paul Davies with Brian Keating

Follow the link to watch the discussion Paul Davies had with Dr. Brian Keating!

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Paul Davies at HowTheLightGetsIn

Follow the link to watch Paul Davies' recent discussion about cosmology's biggest questions featured at HowTheLightGetsIn! Link


Paul Davies at the 2021 Mars Society Virtual Convention

Follow the link to watch Dr. Davies talk about the search for a second genesis during the annual Mars Society Convention!

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Conference on Religion, Ethics and Science 2022

8 a.m. — 5 p.m. Memorial Union of ASU Tempe Campus
Use the link to register for this free ASU Event and hear discussions related to utopia!

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Universal Dialogues II: All that we don't know

11 a.m. Virtual
Are we alone in the universe? Have we ever made contact? Are we prepared to find out? Should we leave them alone? These topics of discussion will be covered during Universal Dialogues II: All that we don't know event! Follow the link to register and hear Paul Davies along with 3 other world-renowned experts talk about the universe!

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