Editor's comment

Davies tackles the thorny problems of the coming into being of the universe and its subsequent development of orderly structure.

The philosophical question of something coming from nothing is addressed.


Davies, Paul The Cosmic Blueprint, Simon & Schuster Inc. New York 1988 [abridged –1400 words] [abstract– 80 words] — how the universe came to be

How can modern science account for the complexity and organized activity we find in the universe? Additionally, how did universe itself begin? Perhaps the universe came into existence spontaneously from nothing as a result of a quantum process. And the complexity we find is the result of some natural process of self-organization.

The reductionist mechanical approach of science has led to many important discoveries but it fails to adequately describe the organized functioning of biological systems.