Cosmic Jackpot

Cosmic Jackpot

Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life

Book - 2007
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Physicist Paul Davies shows how recent scientific discoveries point to a perplexing fact: many basic features of the physical universe--from the speed of light to the most humble carbon atom--seem tailor-made to produce life. A radical new theory says it's because our universe is just one of an infinite number of universes, each one slightly different. Our universe is bio-friendly by accident; we just happened to win the cosmic jackpot. While this multiverse theory is compelling, it has bizarre implications, from infinite copies of each of us to Matrix-like simulated universes. Davies believes there's a more satisfying solution to the question of existence: the observations we make today could help shape the nature of reality in the remote past. If this is true, then life and, ultimately, consciousness aren't just incidental byproducts of nature, but central players in the formation of the universe.--From publisher description
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007
ISBN: 9780618592265
0618592261
Characteristics: xiv, 315 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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mckeett
Jan 07, 2015

A tough read. Sadly, I'm not smart enough to comprehend many of the philosophical arguments he presents. An interesting discussion of Young's double slit experiment in the last chapter.

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naturalist
Jan 19, 2013

“If the universe adds up to zero, you don’t need a god to create it.” Stephen W. Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, b.1942 from: Curiosity : Did God Create the Universe? DVD 523.1 CUR

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sujacart
Apr 18, 2010

this book is so interesting because the author has the courage to go far in voicing possibilities for the future from his knowledge and experience....fantastic.

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