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Goldilocks Enigma Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life?

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ISBN-10: 0547053584

ISBN-13: 9780547053585

Edition: 2007

Authors: Paul Davies

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In the successor to his provocative bestseller The Mind of God, the cosmologist Paul Davies tackles another big question: Why does the universe seem so well suited for life? One popular explanation is the "multiverse theory," which sounds like it came straight from a science fiction plot. It posits that our universe is just one of an infinite number of universes--each slightly different. Only in those rare universes where things are accidentally "just right" for life could observers emerge to puzzle over the fact. In The Goldilocks Enigma, Davies ponders this and other seemingly bizarre answers to the grand question of existence. He offers lucid descriptions of the science behind these…    
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Paul Davies is an internationally acclaimed physicist, writer and broadcaster. He received degrees in physics from University College, London. He was Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University, Sydney and has held previous academic appointments at the Universities of Cambridge, London, Newcastle upon Tyne and Adelaide. Most of his research has been in the area of quantum field theory in curved spacetime. Davies has also has written many books for the general reader in the fascinating fields of cosmology and physics. He is the author of over twenty-five books, including The Mind of God, Other Worlds, God and the New Physics, The Edge of…    

Preface and Acknowledgments
A Note on Numbers
The Big Questions
The Universe Explained
How the Universe Began
What the Universe Is Made of and How It All Holds Together
The Lure of Complete Unification
Dark Forces of the Cosmos
A Universe Fit for Life
Does a Multiverse Solve the Goldilocks Enigma?
Intelligent and Not-So-Intelligent Design
How Come Existence?
Afterword: Ultimate Explanations
Notes
Bibliography
Index