Here’s a brief discussion of some of the questions raised (and some even answered!) in A Fortunate Universe, recorded during a visit to Cambridge University Press in May.

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Cambridge University Press’s blog, fifteeneightyfour, has published a sneak peek of part of Chapter 1 of A Fortunate Universe. You can find it here.

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I had in mind to write down a few thoughts about Sean Carroll’s latest book “The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself”. Following their excellent article by Alexander Vilenkin on the beginning of the universe, and other good articles by Gregory Chaitin and Jean-Pierre Luminet, I sent my review off to “Inference: International Review of Science”.

So, here it is. Not my original title, by the way.

I should make clear here just how much I enjoyed and was impressed by Sean’s book. (My final paragraph along these lines was cut by the editor, unfortunately.) It is a vast improvement on the average cosmologist’s foray into philosophy and beyond (especially in recent popular books), and I highly recommend it to anyone trying to think deeply about naturalism.

In future posts, I’ll make a few more comments on some things that I cut from the article for length. So stay tuned.

On Friday, 16th September I’ll be speaking at the University of Sydney about fine-tuning. The event is open to the public: all welcome! There will be a lecture followed by an extended Q&A session.

Title: Life in a Finely Tuned Universe

Date: 16th September, 6:30-8:45pm

Location: University of Sydney, New Law Seminar Room 100

Organiser: HIKMA Research Students Association

Facebook event link.

After my Harley Wood Lecture (online), I was interviewed by Ian Woolf of Diffusion Science Radio about the fine-tuning of the universe for life. Listen here. Skip ahead for my interview, or just listen from the beginning to hear about robot stingrays.