Hosted by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, join authors Geraint Lewis and Luke Barnes on a scientific journey to the amazing conclusion that our universe is fine-tuned for intelligent life. A presentation will be followed by a panel discussion, Q&A, and an opportunity to meet with the authors.
If you are unable to make the launch, we will also be holding a similar event at Westmead as part of Sydney Ideas on the 5th December. We hope we can see you at one of the events.
Available in hardback and eBook:
Over the last forty years, scientists have uncovered evidence that if the Universe had been forged with even slightly different properties, life as we know it - and life as we can imagine it - would be impossible. Join us on a journey through how we understand the Universe, from its most basic particles and forces, to planets, stars and galaxies, and back through cosmic history to the birth of the cosmos. Conflicting notions about our place in the Universe are defined, defended and critiqued from scientific, philosophical and religious viewpoints. The authors' engaging and witty style addresses what fine-tuning might mean for the future of physics and the search for the ultimate laws of nature. Tackling difficult questions and providing thought-provoking answers, this volumes challenges us to consider our place in the cosmos, regardless of our initial convictions.
"My colleagues, Geraint and Luke, in A Fortunate Universe, take you on a
tour of the Cosmos in all of its glory, and all of its mystery. You will
see that humanity appears to be part of a remarkable set of
circumstances involving a special time around a special planet, which
orbits a special star, all within a specially constructed Universe. It
is these set of conditions that have allowed humans to ponder our place
in space and time. I have no idea why we are here, but I do know the
Universe is beautiful. A Fortunate Universe captures the mysterious
beauty of the Cosmos in a way that all can share."
Australian National University, and Nobel Laureate in Physics (2011), from the Foreword
"Geraint Lewis and Luke Barnes provide a breathtaking tour of
contemporary physics from the subatomic to the cosmological scale.
Everywhere they find the Universe to be fine-tuned for complex
structure. If the quark masses, or the basic forces, or the cosmological
constant had been much different, the Universe would have been a sterile
wasteland. It seems that the only reactions are either to embrace a
multiverse or a designer. The authors have constructed a powerful case
for the specialness of our Universe."
New York University
"The Universe could have been of such a nature that no life at all could
exist. The anthropic question asks why the constants of nature that
enter various physical laws are such as to permit life to come into
being. This engaging book is a well-written and detailed explanation of
all the many ways these physical constants affect the possibility of
life, considering atomic, nuclear and particle physics, astrophysics and
cosmology. It then discusses in an open-minded way the variety of
explanations one might give for this strange fine-tuning, possible
solutions ranging from pure chance, existence of multiverses, or
theistic explanations. The book is the most comprehensive current
discussion of this intriguing range of issues. Highly recommended."
University of Cape Town
"Lewis and Barnes' book is the most up-to-date, accurate, and
comprehensive explication of the evidence that the Universe is
fine-tuned for life. It is also among the two most philosophically
sophisticated treatments, all the while being accessible to a
non-academic audience. I strongly recommend this book."
Messiah College, Pennsylvania