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Cosmic Blueprint: New Discoveries In Natures Ability To Order Universe

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In this critically acclaimed book, first published in 1988 and now reprinted in paperback, scientist and author Paul Davies explains how recent scientific advances are transforming our understanding of the emergence of complexity and organization in the universe.

Melding a variety of ideas and disciplines from biology, fundamental physics, computer science, mathematics, gen
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 28th 2004 by Templeton Press (first published 1988)
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Gendou
Oct 10, 2010 Gendou rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, physics
WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS DENIAL OF DARWINIAN EVOLUTION!!!
If this is offensive to you, consider not reading this book.
If this is not offensive to you, read a book by Richard Dawkins!

This book is pretty trashy. Davies actually writes, "space sucks so hard, anti-gravity wins out..."

He also speculates on the possibility of creating a baby universe in the lab. I start to worry this book contains a lot of "fringe science" (read: bullcrap).

The first chapter is full of god this and religion that. Get
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Gary
Jul 22, 2014 Gary rated it really liked it
The Good,
1) Davies explains physics and philosophy better than any one,
2) The chapter on entropy is one of the best I've ever heard,
3) The philosophy of the approaches to science from atomism, reductionism and the teleologic of Aristotle is explained in accessible ways for the non-philosopher and are put in proper context,
4) Determinism and randomness of physics are completely explored and expertly explained,
5) Gives good explanation on chaos theory,
6) You will have learned something you didn't
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G
Aug 29, 2015 G rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cosmology
"The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity."
AE

Despite the critics, the fact is that this book is about TOE! This is Mr. Davis' successful trial to embrace all that mainstream science knows about the realm of our existence, and all possible and impossibl
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Peter Lehu
Jul 01, 2016 Peter Lehu rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, science
Very interesting read that challenges neo-darwinism and argues that there are laws of increasing complexity in nature that are independent from yet complement Newtonian physics and natural selection in the evolution of matter and life. Some of it was over my head and some of it I need to reread. The last few chapters are very persuasive on the concept of downward causation--that macro-level natural laws can dictate the behavior of matter on the micro-level and may be just as fundamental to the ...more
Phil Lawless
Feb 03, 2016 Phil Lawless rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot of hand waving in this book about additional laws growing out of increasing levels of complexity. Yet the possibility remains that the presence of creative human beings can be the foundation of such additions.
Dariusz
Jan 13, 2016 Dariusz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Póki autor trzymał się fizyki, chemii czy astronomii to jeszcze pisał z sensem. Jak zabrał się do snucia teorii na temat biologii, ewolucji, świadomości to zupęłnie przestały się trzymać kupy.
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Paul Charles William Davies AM is a British-born physicist, writer and broadcaster, currently a professor at Arizona State University as well as the Director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science. He has held previous academic appointments at the University of Cambridge, University of London, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, University of Adelaide and Macquarie University. His re ...more
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