A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos

A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos

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ISBN-13: 9781107156616
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/06/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 323,197
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Geraint F. Lewis is a Professor of Astrophysics at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney. He undertook his undergraduate education at the University of London before gaining a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. Professor Lewis is an internationally recognised astrophysicist, and has published more than two hundred papers in a diverse range of fields, including gravitational lensing, galactic cannibalism, cosmology and large-scale structure. As well as being an accomplished lecturer, he regularly engages in public outreach through public speaking, articles in the popular press, and social media.

Luke A. Barnes is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney. His university medal from the University of Sydney helped him earn a scholarship to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He has published papers in the field of galaxy formation and on the fine-tuning of the Universe for life. He has been invited to speak at the 2011 and 2015 St Thomas Summer Seminars in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, the University of California Summer School for the Philosophy of Cosmology, and numerous public lectures.

Table of Contents

Foreword Brian Schmidt; Preface; 1. A conversation on fine-tuning; 2. I'm only human!; 3. Can you feel the force?; 4. Energy and entropy; 5. The Universe is expanding; 6. All bets are off!; 7. A dozen (or so) reactions to fine-tuning; 8. A conversation continued; Further reading; References; Index.

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DZ More than 1 year ago
This is an important book for anyone looking for enlightenment on the "multiverse" theory, alternative concepts, and/or the special factors that life on Earth require to be, and to thrive. The authors, with great care and not a little Aussie humor, walk us through the narrow parameters that make life possible--from the subatomic to the cosmos. There is quite a bit of physics in the book, which may cause some readers to skim certain sections. But in each chapter the role of the subject matter, from quarks to the pull of gravity, is clearly explained and the connection to how it relates to the overall theme of "fine tuning" laid out. For anyone who thought "The Grand Design" was single minded (not to say pompous), here is your counterpoint. Arguments pro and con for the multiverse, intelligent design and much more are made. And we learn quite a bit about what is still not known in astronomy--a lot more there than most readers realize. I highly recommend this book.