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.
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
Discover why NASA’s new telescope is a huge step forward for understanding the universe.
Time's Arrow: A conversation with Paul Davies about time's irreversible flow, black holes, memories of Stephen Hawking and the information paradox, Maxwell's demon and living systems -- and how to improve universities. With Logan Chipkin.
Each week, Benjamin Law asks public figures to discuss the subjects we’re told to keep private by getting them to roll a die. The numbers they land on are the topics they’re given. This week, he talks to Paul Davies.