3 June 2023


Paul Davies. What's Eating the Universe, and Other Cosmic Questions. Penguin, 2022.

What's Eating the Universe? is a scientific detective story explaining how age-old cosmic puzzles have recently been solved. It is a thought-provoking book by Paul Davies that explores some of the biggest mysteries of the universe. Davies, a renowned physicist and writer, takes readers on a journey through the history of cosmology, from the ancient Greeks to the present day. 
Along the way, he discusses the latest research on dark matter and dark energy. 

The book begins with a discussion of the Big Bang, the moment when our universe began. Davies explains how scientists have pieced together the evidence for the Big Bang, and he discusses some of the theories about what happened before and after the Big Bang.

One of the most intriguing questions that Davies explores is the possibility that the universe is not eternal, but is instead finite and will eventually come to an end. This idea is supported by the observation that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. If this trend continues, then eventually the universe will become so large that even light will not be able to travel across it. As a result, all of the galaxies will be out of sight of each other, and the universe will effectively cease to exist.

Another fascinating question that Davies discusses is the possibility that we are living in a simulation. This idea is based on the fact that computers are becoming increasingly powerful, and it is conceivable that one day they will be able to simulate a universe that is indistinguishable from our own. If this is the case, then it is possible that we are not real, but are simply characters in a computer program.

The book also explores the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. Dark matter is an invisible substance that makes up about 85% of the matter in the universe. Dark energy is an even more mysterious substance that is causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate. Davies discusses the latest research on dark matter and dark energy, and he explains how these substances could be affecting the future of the universe. There is no centre of the Universe; in reality every galaxy is moving away from all the others or, instead imagine the space between the Galaxies to be swelling.

In addition to the two main questions discussed above, Davies also explores a number of other fascinating topics in the book, including the possibility of time travel, the existence of extraterrestrial life, and the meaning of life itself. He does this in a way that is both informative and entertaining, and he never shies away from the big questions.

This is a thought-provoking and engaging book that will appeal to anyone interested in the mysteries of the universe. Davies's writing is clear and accessible, and he does a masterful job of explaining complex scientific concepts in a way that is easy to understand. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the universe and our place in it. He is also very good at weaving together scientific research with philosophical and theological insights. The book is full of interesting facts and insights, and it will leave you with a much better understanding of the universe. 

The book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. It is a book that will make you think about the universe in a new way, and it will leave you with a sense of wonder and awe. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the mysteries of the universe, cosmology, astrophysics, and the big questions of life.
  • Gerrard Russell

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