The Greek philosophers believed that the cosmos unfolds according to a predetermined plan, or blueprint, like a developing organism. But a study of the workings of nature reveals only blind and random forces. How can such forces conspire to produce intricate and elaborate structures like galaxies, snowflakes and living organisms? What is the secret of nature’s prolific creative power that bestows upon the universe an organized unity?
In this provocative new work, physicist Paul Davies investigates some remarkable discoveries at the forefront of scientific research. He argues persuasively that matter and energy have an uncanny ability to be ‘self-organizing,’ and that the study of complexity wherever it is found – in chemical reactions, fluid motion, biological evolution, artificial intelligence – reveal certain common holistic principles. Professor Davies examines claims that there are definite ‘organizing principles’ in nature which emerge at successive levels of complexity, and he suggests that the universe as a whole possesses a tendency to develop towards progressively higher levels of complex organization.
Aimed at scientist and layman alike, The Cosmic Blueprint is a sweeping challenge to the currently fashionable world view of a dying universe, and to the reductionist assertion that the physical world is nothing but a meaningless collection of particles.
Paul Davies is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he runs a research group investigating black holes, the origin of the universe and other topics in fundamental physics. He obtained a doctorate from the University of London, and has held research and lecturing appointments at Cambridge and King’s College London.
Professor Davies has achieved an international reputation as a science popularizer who is not afraid to tackle the most advanced concepts. He has written over a dozen books, ranging from student textbooks to his much-acclaimed God and the New Physics and Superforce. He also writes widely for magazines and newspapers, lectures all over the world, and is well known for his frequent TV appearances and radio documentaries.