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Six Big Questions at the frontiers of science

Paul Davies AM


Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 -
18:00 to 19:30


Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building


Faculty of Science

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From the origin of the universe to the nature of consciousness, scientists have grappled for centuries with the fundamental questions of existence. Now, in our time, huge progress is being made on many of the puzzles and paradoxes that fascinate all mankind.

In this unique and provocative lecture, renowned physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies will explain the most challenging questions at the frontiers of science – from the cosmos to cancer, from life’s murky beginnings to the search for ET.

The UNSW Bookshop will be selling Paul's books and he will be available after the lecture to sign copies.

About Paul Davies

Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling author. He is Regents' Professor and Director of the Beyond Centre for Fundamental Concepts in Science, co-Director of its Cosmology Initiative, and Principal Investigator in the Centre for the Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology, all at Arizona State University.

Davies’ research interests are focused on the “big questions” of existence, including the origin of the universe, the origin of life, the nature of time and the search for life in the universe. In addition to his research, Davies is known as a passionate science communicator. He has lectured on scientific topics at institutions as diverse as The World Economic Forum, the UN, Google, Windsor Castle, The Vatican and Westminster Abbey, as well as academic establishments such as The Royal Society, the AAAS and hundreds of universities. He has contributed to numerous debates about science, religion and culture and won the Templeton Prize in 1995.

He has written 28 popular and specialist books including bestsellers The Mind of God, How to Build a Time Machine, and The Goldilocks Enigma. His latest book, The Eerie Silence, is about the search for intelligent life in the universe. Davies devised and presented a highly successful series of 45 minute BBC Radio 3 science documentaries, and a one-hour television documentary about his work in astrobiology, entitled The Cradle of Life. In Australia his many television projects included two six-part series The Big Questions, filmed in the outback, and More Big Questions.


Due to Paul's popularity this event has received an unprecedented number of registrations and we predict the venue will be at capacity.

If you missed out on registering, you are welcome to turn up at the event, but we will ask that you wait in line until all registered guests have been seated and only if there are spare seats will you be permitted into the venue. Thanks for your understanding.