Thomas Wright’s 1750 book, An Original Theory of the Universe, contained this illustration of the author’s “endless immensity” of galaxies.
Paul Davies is the professor of natural philosophy in the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University. After earning a Ph.D. in physics at University College, London in 1970, he held academic appointments in astronomy, physics, and mathematics at the universities of Cambridge, London, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Adelaide. His research has spanned the fields of cosmology, gravitation, and quantum field theory, with particular emphasis on black holes and the origin of the universe. Dr. Davies is also widely known as an author. He has written more than twenty-five books, both popular and specialist works, including The Physics of Time Asymmetry, Quantum Fields in Curved Space (co-authored with Nicholas Birrell), The Mind of God, About Time, How to Build a Time Machine, and, most recently, The Origin of Life, which was published by Penguin in January. He also has extensive experience in television and radio, including the presentation of two Australian television series entitled The Big Questions. His work in astrobiology was the subject of a BBC television documentary, “The Cradle of Life,” earlier this year. He has won numerous awards for his scientific and media work, including the 1995 Templeton Prize. He received the 2001 Kelvin Medal presented by the UK Institute of Physics and the 2002 Michael Faraday Prize of the Royal Society for his contributions to promoting science to the public. Three years ago, the asteroid 1992 OG was officially named (6870) “Pauldavies” in his honor.

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