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Mind of God : The Scientific Basic for a Rational World

Mind of God : The Scientific Basic for a Rational World - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0671797188

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ISBN13: 978-0671797188
ISBN10: 0671797182
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Edition/Copyright: 93
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Published: 1993
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Mind of God : The Scientific Basic for a Rational World - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0671797188

Paul Davies

ISBN13: 978-0671797188
ISBN10: 0671797182
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 93
Publisher: Touchstone Books

Published: 1993
International: No
Summary

Throughout history, humans have dreamed of knowing the reason for the existence of the universe. In The Mind of God, physicist Paul Davies explores whether modern science can provide the key that will unlock this last secret. In his quest for an ultimate explanation, Davies reexamines the great questions that have preoccupied humankind for millennia, and in the process explores, among other topics, the origin and evolution of the cosmos, the nature of life and consciousness, and the claim that our universe is a kind of gigantic computer. Charting the ways in which the theories of such scientists as Newton, Einstein, and more recently Stephen Hawking and Richard Feynman have altered our conception of the physical universe. Davies puts these scientists' discoveries into context with the writings of philosophers such as Plato. Descartes, Hume, and Kant. His startling conclusion is that the universe is ''no minor byproduct of mindless, purposeless forces. We are truly meant to be here.'' By the means of science, we can truly see into the mind of God.

Author Bio

Davies, Paul : University of Adelaide

Paul Davies is Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Adelaide in Australia. His earlier books include God and the New Physics, The Cosmic Blueprint, Superforce, and Other Worlds.



Table of Contents

Preface

CHAPTER 1 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


CHAPTER 2 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


CHAPTER 3 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


CHAPTER 4 MATHEMATICS AND REALITY

Magic Numbers
Mechanizing Mathematics
The Uncomputable
Why Does Arithmetic Work?
Russian Dolls and Artificial Life


CHAPTER 5 REAL WORLDS AND VIRTUAL WORLDS

Simulating Reality
Is the Universe a Computer?
The Unattainable
The Unknowable
The Cosmic Program


CHAPTER 6 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?


CHAPTER 7 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 Truth
Is God Necessary?
A Dipolar God and Wheeler's Cloud
Does God Have to Exist?
The Options
A God Who Plays Dice


CHAPTER 8 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 Place
Is There Need for a Designer?
Multiple Realities
Cosmological Darwinism


CHAPTER 9 THE MYSTERY AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE

Turtle Power
Mystical Knowledge
The Infinite
What Is Man?


Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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