Synopses & Reviews
How did the universe begin and how will it end?
What is matter?
What is mind, and can it survive death?
What are time and space, and how do they relate to ideas about God?
Is the order of the universe the result of accident or design?
The most profound and age-old questions of existence -- for centuries the focus of religion and philosophy -- may soon be answered through the extraordinary advances of a field of science known as the new physics. In this illuminating work, Paul Davies, author of the acclaimed Other Worlds and The Edge of Infinity, writes that the discoveries of 20th-century physics -- relativity and the quantum theory -- are now pointing the way to a new appreciation of man and his place in the universe. They could, in fact, bring within our grasp a unified description of all creation. Demanding a radical reformulation of the most fundamental aspects of reality and a way of thinking that is in closer accord with mysticism than materialism, the new physics, says Davies, offers a surer path to God than religion.
Described by The Washington Post as "impressive," God and the New Physics is a fascinating look at the impact of science on what were formerly religious issues. Elegantly written, a book for both scholars and lay readers of science, it is, according to the Christian Science Monitor, a "provocative...rewarding intellectual romp."
"The concepts are breathtaking...the general thrust of modern physics is amazingly well described." -- The New York Times Book Review
One of England's leading theoreticians and easily the most intriguing explicator of complex physical concepts writing today.
"Mr. Davies knows the arcana of physics the way a plumber knows wrenches, and he can make sense out of quite daunting ideas.... One of the most adept science writers on either side of the Atlantic." -- Timothy Ferris, The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Dr. Paul Davies
is Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. From 1970 to 1972, he was visiting fellow at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, and from 1972 to 1980, he was lecturer in applied mathematics at King's College, University of London. He writes internationally for science magazines and journals, including Nature, New Scientist, The Economist,
and The Sciences,
and he frequently contributes to science broadcasts. He is the author of The Edge of Infinity, Other Worlds, The Physics of Time Asymmetry, Space and Time in the Modern Universe, The Runaway Universe, The Forces of Nature, and The Search for Gravity Waves.
Table of Contents
1 Science and religion in a changing world
3 Did God create the universe?
4 Why is there a universe?
5 What is life? Holism vs reductionism
6 Mind and soul
7 The self
8 The quantum factor
10 Freewill and determinism
11 The fundamental structure of matter
12 Accident or design?
13 Black holes and cosmic chaos
15 The end of the universe
16 Is the universe a 'free lunch'?
17 The physicist's conception of nature