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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Book

The Demon in the Machine

How Hidden Webs of Information are Solving the Mystery of Life

Oct 2019
Book

The Eerie Silence

Are we alone in the universe?

Jan 2010
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The Goldilocks Enigma

Why is the Universe just Right for Life?

Apr 2006
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The Fifth Miracle

The search for the origin of life

Mar 1999

Research

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

Podcast

What are the Implications of Einstein's Thinking?

What are the implications of Einstein’s predictions? Has our understanding of reality integrated the implications of this thinking? His General and Special theories of relativity have completely changed the way we see gravity, energy, mass, space and time, even size - but how?

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What the James Webb Space Telescope reveals by Paul Davies

Discover why NASA’s new telescope is a huge step forward for understanding the universe.


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Time's Arrow - A conversation between Paul Davies and Logan Chipkin

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.


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