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Paul Davies's new book on cosmology

Davies has written about the origins of the universe before, notably in The Mind of God. I found that book rather disappointing, containing as it did a good deal of, to me, rather unconvincing theological discussion, but this one is a great deal better. It provides an excellent overview of modern thinking about how the universe may have arisen and of the philosophical issues that arise therefrom. Davies is a very experienced popularizer of science and he writes exceptionally clearly. A useful feature of the book is that each chapter ends with a summary of its key points, which makes it easy to refresh one's memory about what has gone before. Read the review.

Incidentally, some of what Davies says here overlaps a good deal with Nagel's discussion of teleology as mentioned in yesterday's blog.

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