Mind of God The Scientific Basis for a Rational World

ISBN-10: 0671797182

ISBN-13: 9780671797188

Edition: 1992

Authors: Paul Davies

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 3/5/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858

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 Infinity, The Cosmic Blueprint, Are We Alone?, The Fifth Miracle, The Last Three Minutes, About Time, and How to Build a Time Machine. His awards include an Advance Australia Award for outstanding contributions to science, two Eureka Prizes, the 2001 Kelvin Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics, and the 2002 Faraday Prize by The Royal Society for Progress in religion. He also received the Templeton Prize for his contributions to the deeper implications of science. In April 1999 the asteroid 1992 OG was officially named (6870) Pauldavies in his honour.

Preface
Reason and Belief
The Scientific Miracle
Human Reason and Common Sense
Thoughts About Thought
A Rational World
Metaphysics: Who Needs It?
Time and Eternity: The Fundamental Paradox of Existence
Can the Universe Create Itself?
Was There a Creation Event?
Creation from Nothing
The Beginning of Time
Cyclic World Revisited
Continuous Creation
Did God Cause the Big Bang?
Creation without Creation
Mother and Child Universes
What are the Laws Of Nature?
The Origin of Law
The Cosmic Code
The Status of the Laws Today
What Does It Mean for Something to "Exist"?
In the Beginning
Mathematics and Reality
Magic Numbers
Mechanizing Mathematics
The Uncomputable
Why Does Arithmetic Work?
Russian Dolls and Artificial Life
Real Worlds and Virtual Worlds
Simulating RealityIs the Universe a Computer?
The Unattainable
The Unknowable
The Cosmic Program
The Mathematical Secret
Is Mathematics Already "Out There"?
The Cosmic Computer
Why Us?
Why Are the Laws of Nature Mathematical?
How Can We Know Something without Knowing Everything?
Why is the World the Way it is?
An Intelligible Universe
A Unique Theory of Everything?
Contingent Order
The Best of All Possible Worlds?
Beauty as a Guide to TruthIs God Necessary?
A Dipolar God and Wheeler's Cloud
Does God Have to Exist?
The OptionsA God Who Plays Dice
Designer Universe
The Unity of the Universe
Life Is So Difficult
Has the Universe Been Designed by an Intelligent Creator?
The Ingenuity of Nature
A Place for Everything and Everything in Its PlaceIs There Need for a Designer?
Multiple Realities
Cosmological Darwinism
The Mystery at the End of the Universe
Turtle Power
Mystical Knowledge
The Infinite
What Is Man?
Notes
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