Science Writer Paul Davies to Launch Book Tour at Mason

Posted: April 5, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Probst


Popular science writer and Templeton Prize winner Paul Davies will launch his new book “Cosmic Jackpot” as part of the Aharonov Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus. The event will be Davies’ only Washington, D.C., appearance discussing the book, and a book signing will take place after the talk.


Davies will examine recent scientific discoveries that point to the fact that many basic features of the universe—from the speed of light to a carbon atom—seem tailor-made to produce life. In his book, Davies argues that our universe is just one of an infinite number of universes, and each one is slightly different. The fact that our universe is bio-friendly is a mere accident; we just happened to win the “cosmic jackpot.”


Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, author and broadcaster. As a professor of natural philosophy at Arizona State University, he has set up BEYOND, a Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, which examines questions raised by scientific advances.


Noted for his scientific study, Davies’ research has ranged from the origin of the universe to the origin of life, and includes the properties of black holes, the nature of time and quantum field theory. He has given numerous public lectures each year throughout the world and has written 27 books. In 1995, he was honored with the Templeton Prize for his work on the deeper implications of science.


The Aharonov Distinguished Lecture Series is a program coordinated by Mason’s Center for Quantum Studies and quantum physicist Yakir Aharonov. It was created in an effort to communicate the relevance of quantum studies to the public.


All lectures are free and open to a general audience interested in learning more about this complex science.

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