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  • Published: 29 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9780141993720
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $22.99

What's Eating the Universe?

And Other Cosmic Questions

The story of the universe in thirty cosmological conundrums

In the constellation of Eridanus there lurks a cosmic mystery. It's as if something has taken a huge bite out of the universe, leaving a super-void. What could be the culprit? A super massive black hole? Another, bigger universe? Or an expanding vacuum bubble, destined to envelop and annihilate everything in existence?

Scientists now understand the history of our universe better than the history of our own planet, but they continue to uncover startling new riddles-the hole in the universe being just one. In this electrifying book, award-winning physicist Paul Davies walks us through the puzzles and paradoxes that have preoccupied cosmologists from ancient Greece to the present day. Laying bare the audacious research that has led us to mind-bending solutions, Davies reveals how we might begin to approach the greatest outstanding enigmas of all.

  • Published: 29 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9780141993720
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Paul Davies

Paul Davies is a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling author. He is Regents’ Professor and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University, where he was for five years also Co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative and Principal Investigator of the Center for the Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology. Prior to his move to the USA in 2006, he helped create the Australian Centre for Astrobiology in Sydney. Davies has written over 30 books, many for the general public. He has three honorary doctorates and Fellowship of University College London. In 1995 he was awarded the Templeton Prize in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace for his work on the deeper meaning of science. He was also awarded the Faraday Prize by The Royal Society, the Kelvin Medal by the UK Institute of Physics, the 2011 Robinson Cosmology Prize, and many book awards, as well as three honorary degrees. In June 2007 he was named a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday honours list and in December 2011 he was presented with the Bicentenary Medal of Chile. The asteroid 1992 OG was renamed (6870) Pauldavies in recognition of his work on cosmic impacts. Paul Davies is also known worldwide as a television and radio commentator and is the author of hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.

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Praise for What's Eating the Universe?

One of the most imaginative scientists working today

Financial Times

Paul Davies is a courageous explorer of the boundaries of what we know about our world

Astrobiology Magazine

Paul Davies always probes the deepest questions in science ... His trademark talent: getting to the heart of the most technical aspects of science, without jargon and with down-to-earth analogies

Michael Berry, HH Wills Physics Laboratory

With striking insight, and metaphors that illuminate the landscape of science today, Davies once again becomes a guide to the near future.

Charles Jencks, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

A whistle-stop tour of the major questions in contemporary cosmology

Philip Ball, author of Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics Is Different

A delightful account of the cutting edge of modern cosmology. He is truly exceptional at explaining all of this in his inimitable style--let's say 'astropoetry'

Simon Mitton, University of Cambridge

Brilliant. You won't find a clearer, more engaging guide to what we know (or would like to know) about the universe and how it is put together.

Bill Bryson, author of The Body: A Guide for Occupants

What's Eating the Universe? is Paul Davies at his very best. He brings a lifetime of experience in explaining mysteries of space and time to offer thought-provoking essays on deep questions in bite-sized, easily digestible chunks. There is no better overview of the advances made by cosmologists in recent decades.

John Gribbin, author of Six Impossible Things: The 'Quanta of Solace' and the Mysteries of the Subatomic World

What's Eating the Universe? is a veritable feast for curious minds. Davies, a polymath and lyrical writer, masterfully tackles all the big questions ranging from why this Universe to the meaning of life and the significance of the present moment-a whirlwind journey through ideas that have shaped our understanding of the cosmos and its constituents.

Priyamvada Natarajan, author of Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos

Paul Davies brings his customary lucidity to a survey of some of the most fascinating and puzzling aspects of our universe, simultaneously educating us about its vertiginous wonders and giving us a real sense of science's questions as it confronts and explores them and wrestles with their mystery. It is an absorbing and stimulating read, one of the best of its kind.

A.C. Grayling, author of The Frontiers of Knowledge

Paul Davies gives us a thought-provoking, fascinating, and delightful journey through some of the big questions that have perplexed and tantalized scientists throughout history. These are the questions and paradoxes that have stumped and teased history's greatest minds. What happened before the beginning? What is the meaning of the universe? Are there other universes?

Michio Kaku

A great introduction for readers new to physics ...Lessons in cosmology and astrophysics abound in this enthusiastic primer

Publishers Weekly

A lucid, informative, and good-humoured primer on the big questions of modern physics and cosmology, which describes not only the triumphs, but the remaining difficulties. Paul Davies at his best!

Ian Stewart, author of Calculating the Cosmos

Compelling ... Davies excels in succinctly addressing the cosmological conundrums that haven't received as much attention as dark matter, dark energy, what triggered the big bang and the fate of the universe


A whistle-stop tour of the biggest mysteries that cosmologists are investigating today ... a fun way of making sure you're all caught up on where cosmology is at today

Physics World

Understanding theoretical physics is a daunting task, but What's Eating the Universe?is here to guide readers through the field. Each chapter is short-less than 10 pages-but jargon-free and full of information ... Regardless of the reader's prior physics knowledge, the book provides an accessible introduction to cosmology

Physics Today

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