Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 5, 1993 - Religion - 254 pages
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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.
  

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Review: The Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World

User Review  - Scott Smith - Goodreads

Wowie Zowie! I read this for some background info for a novel I'm writing, little did I know it would actually live up to its title. I don't think they mentioned that quote by Einstein in the book, 'I ... Read full review

Review: The Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World

User Review  - Shorouq - Goodreads

I like the way that Paul Davies think ....this book make me think in different way or let me say in strange way sometimes ... but I really fell excited when he talk about big computer or universe computer..I convince his ideas because he talk in a scientific way. Read full review

Contents

Preface
13
reason and belief
19
CAN THE UNIVERSE CREATE ITSELF?
39
WHAT ARE THE LAWS OF NATURE?
73
MATHEMATICS AND REALITY
93
REAL WORLDS AND VIRTUAL WORLDS
117
THE MATHEMATICAL SECRET
140
WHY IS THE WORLD THE WAY IT IS?
161
DESIGNER UNIVERSE
194
THE MYSTERY AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE
223
Notes
233
Select Bibliography
239
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

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.

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